Teen requires 3rd surgery after being punched at Mt. Pleasant H.S.

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MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. (WKRN) — A local mother says her son is finally doing better after he was allegedly slugged at school, requiring multiple surgeries to repair the damage to his face.

The incident, which was captured on a student’s cell phone, showed a teenage boy punching another in the hallway at Mt. Pleasant High School in Maury County.

“He is recovering. It’s been a slow process. He’s doing a lot better. It’s just a toll and he’s dealing with it every day,” Marie Parham told News 2.

Mantrez Hodge after his injury. (Courtesy: Marie Parham)
Mantrez Hodge after his injury. (Courtesy: Marie Parham)

Her son, 15-year-old Mantrez Hodge, is a 10th grade student at the school.

Parham told News 2 on Thursday her son had his mouth wired shut and was unable to return to school following the attack.

‘”On Friday, they took the wires out and put rubber band restrictions in so he’s able to eat now, but everything he eats has to be soft,” she explained.

He is now facing a third surgery later this month and will have to get braces.

Hodge and the 14-year-old boy who attacked him came face to face for the first time since the incident on Thursday morning in juvenile court.

Parham told News 2 she couldn’t discuss details of the hearing or the case.

“I hope every parent talks to their child about things that they should know. This was a life lesson and I hope a lot of people learn from it,” she added.

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