CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - A 17-year-old said he was brutally attacked by a classmate -- and it was all caught on camera.
The attack happened last Thursday a North Clayton High School.
Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes spoke exclusively to the victim, Keod Watson, and his mother, Gwndolyn White, who said Watson ended up with a chipped tooth, a concussion and broken bones in his face.
White said she thinks school officials need to take the attack more seriously.
School officials would not tell Fernandes if they have suspended the student or not, but White said they did. She said she wishes they had done more because she thinks the student is a danger to all students at the high school
Students recorded the attack as it happened. Watson said his classmate told him he was going to wait for him after class and attacked him in the hallway. He was confused as to why his classmate was so angry.
"I was confused because I just walked out of a classroom and half the 11th grade was there, and he's standing there pacing," Watson said.
Instead of helping, several students filmed as the 11th-grader started punching Watson, who never lifted a hand.
"It told him that I'm not about to fight you and he said, 'Are you sure?' Watson said. "He kept asking me if I'm sure."
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Just when Watson thought he would be able to walk away, the 11th-grader punched him in the face repeatedly.
Watson said he just covered his face and fell to the ground.
"My front tooth is chipped, I had a black eye," Watson said, "and the orbital floor of my eye is fractured."
The school sent Fernandes a statement:
"It should be known that school administrators and safety personnel intervened swiftly and are, in keeping with established response to protocol, continuing to work with the parents of those involved."
White said that is not the case.
"There were no officials nowhere," White said. "The fight was broken up by students."
Watson said the student who attacked him has been in two fights in the last two months and he doesn't think officials are taking it seriously.
"I just think teachers should be more alert because we were in between switching classes and usually there are teachers in the hallway," Watson said. "There were no teachers in the hallway."
White said she's been so busy trying to find another school for her son and taking him to doctors appointments she hasn't been able to pursue the criminal charges like she wants to . But she said she's not letting this go. She said she's haunted by the idea she could have lost Watson.
"He could've hit him where he's not here (anymore)," White said. "Instead of me planning doctors visits, I could be planning a funeral."
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