MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Mt. Pleasant High School student is recovering in the hospital after he was slugged at school.
A video, captured on a student’s cell phone, shows a teenage boy punching another boy in the face.
The incident reportedly happened in a hallway as students were leaving the cafeteria on Tuesday.
The video was posted online and is being shared on social media.
Marie Parham says the victim is her 15-year-old son, Mantrez Hodge, a 10th grade student at the school.
He has undergone two surgeries in the past two days.
“His jaw bone is broken on both sides completely. They’ve got to put three to four metal plates in and they’re going to wire his mouth shut,” Parham told News 2.
She says the video of the alleged attack is hard to watch especially because the two boys are friends.
“He didn’t know it was coming. It would be different if he was in front of him and he seen this boy coming to him. He didn’t know it was coming,” said the mom.
Parham says she does not know what led to her son being punched by the other boy.
“It makes me mad. It hurts me. I’m not saying my child is perfect because no child is but he’ll give his heart to anybody,” said Parham.
A Maury County Schools spokesman told News 2 the aggressor was dealt with by the principal.
A School Resource Officer was at school at the time and the Maury County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
The school district has a zero-tolerance policy.