14-year-old Preston Hodge; who was brutally beaten at Longfellow Middle School in Enid, Ok.called a ‘hate/bias incident’.
A teenager has undergone surgery after being beaten unconscious by a fellow student in an incident of school bullying.
The argument between Preston Hodge and a classmate reportedly broke out on Tuesday during lunch break in the playground when the boys were playing dodgeball.
A teacher broke up the fight at Longfellow Middle School in Enid, Oklahoma but it was unclear how long the beating had gone on for.
The student was battered unconscious and suffered broken bones, severe lacerations and possible internal injuries, according to KFOR-TV.
The 14-year-old had a plate inserted in his fractured cheek yesterday. He was said to be in a ‘fair’ condition by hospital staff.
Police and the school are not releasing the names of the students, but family friends have identified the boy injured as 14-year-old Preston Hodge and said the boy is scheduled to have surgery at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Jeff Rust, a friend of the family, has set up a fund to help the family with medical expenses. Rust also posted a picture of Preston on Facebook, which was sent to him from the family.
“I wanted people to see the effect of bullying in schools and having a daughter in junior high it really hit home,” said Rust.
The fund is set up at Alva State Bank and Trust located at 801 W. Broadway in Enid under the name “Preston Hodge.”
“Something has to be done to stop the cruelty of this,” said Rust. “Fighting does not solve any situation.”
The other student involved in the fight could face aggravated battery charges.more
The attack at Longfellow Middle School was ‘a hate/bias incident’ according to the campus police report.
According to school authorities, there had been pushing and shoving between the two students and an exchange of insults before the attack took place.
Although the child’s mother had yet to speak publicly, she posted a picture of her badly injured son on Facebook. According to News on 6, she commented: ‘This happened at Longfellow and have no idea where the teachers were at.’
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