A student at DeLand High School was punched in the body, seriously injured; classmate arrested
DeLAND, Florida. –A 17-year-old DeLand High School student was arrested Wednesday on allegations of slamming a 14-year-old classmate onto a concrete walkway and seriously injuring him.
DeLand police say Charles Jordan was arrested for aggravated assault.
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Police said an initial fight involved seven students, all of whom were “mutual combatants”. Police say Jordan and the victim, identified by his family as Abraham Castillo De Paz, walked away from the fight when Jordan picked up the 14-year-old and threw him to the concrete.
According to an incident report and video part of the police investigation, Castillo De Paz (pictured below) was picked up from behind and thrown to the ground, losing consciousness “for a brief moment”.
Castillo De Paz landed on his head and neck and was taken to AdventHealth DeLand before being transferred to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando with serious injuries, officials said. His family told News 6 on Thursday that he underwent surgery.
“He had to have surgery. He’s in pain, he’s crying, he can’t eat well,” Castillo De Paz’s brother Juan De Paz said.
Juan De Paz said other students are now mocking the video with images making the rounds on social media.
“Students send him messages, bully him, they play dead, lie down to take pictures,” said Juan De Paz.
The family hopes that school administrators will also learn from it.
News 6 reached out to the district for comment, and it said staff quickly defused the fight and students were being disciplined accordingly.
All of the students involved in the initial brawl face charges of disrupting/interfering with school functions, a misdemeanor.
Police said the fight and body slam caused a major disruption to campus and prevented students and staff from going about their normal business.
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“The DeLand Police Department does not condone this type of behavior and will investigate and prosecute those who engage in this type of behavior to the fullest extent,” the agency said in a news release. “We will release more information as the situation develops.”
Jordan is being held in a juvenile detention center.
The case has been forwarded to the attorney general’s office, according to police.
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