DeLand High School student hospitalized after slamming body on concrete

A DeLand High School student was hospitalized on Wednesday after police said another student body tackled him to concrete during a fight on campus.

The 14-year-old boy landed directly on his head and neck and was briefly unconscious, according to a DeLand police incident report.

The 17-year-old student, who police say picked up the boy and tackled him to the ground, has been charged with aggravated battery, a felony. He was transported to Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Daytona Beach. The News-Journal does not name him because he is accused of being a minor.

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Police said additional charges may be possible once the severity of the victim’s injuries are determined.

The 14-year-old student was taken to AdventHealth DeLand but was later transferred to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando with serious injuries, DeLand city spokeswoman Ava Hanner said.

Hanner said Thursday that she does not know the last condition of the student victim, whom police have not identified.

According to an incident report, a vice principal showed video of the fight to a resource officer at the DeLand Police Academy around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The incident report detailed seven students involved in the fight.

Police said video recording showed all of the students, described by investigators as mutual fighters, fighting and beating each other. The fight caused a major disruption on campus and prevented students and staff from going about their normal business, police said.

The seven students, including the 17-year-old, were charged with disrupting or interfering with school functions, a misdemeanor, police said.

Police say two of the students walked away from the initial scuffle and the 17-year-old and the victim walked in another direction. The teenager then walked behind the victim, picked him up and slammed him, according to the report.

“The staff who were there quickly defused the situation,” said Kelly Schulz, spokeswoman for the Volusia County School District. “There is of course discipline. What that discipline consists of, I cannot say because of student confidentiality laws.”

Writer Nikki Ross contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Florida student hospitalized after being hit on concrete

Martha K. Merrill