December 19, 2007 — This Ivy Leaguer did a bang-up job giving himself a beating.
Francisco Nava, the Princeton junior who said he was attacked because of his conservative political leanings, only to confess that the wounds were self-inflicted, has revealed exactly how he gave himself a concussion, swollen jaw and cuts all over his face.
“He said he dragged his face across a brick wall to give himself the abrasions,” Sherif Girgis, a Princeton senior who helped care for Nava after the attack, said yesterday. “He hit himself with an Orangina bottle several times,” which caused the concussion.
He hit himself with the bottle so hard it broke, Girgis said. Nava also bashed his head against the brick wall.
“It’s remarkable to me that someone can cause those kinds of face injuries to himself,” said Nava’s professor and confidant, Robert P. George. “One’s natural instinct is to protect one’s face above all. It seems one would have to have pretty grave psychological issues to do that.
“He seemed to be a kid who had it all together. It’s so sad to see a Princeton career destroyed like this.”