ASHLAND, Ore. — Officials at Ashland Middle School sent out a message to families following an attack at the school in mid-November that left one student injured, according to a statement released today by the District. That incident happened on Thursday, November 14.
"There was a conflict between two of our 8th grade students that escalated very quickly — one of the students approached the other student and physically assaulted the student," school administrators said on the day of the incident. "The student was significantly injured and required urgent dental and medical attention."
Since then, friends and family of the injured student have set up a GoFundMe for his medical bills, and rumors about the incident have been circulating on social media.
"In an unprovoked attack, the bully shoved Trevor to the floor of the gym and punched him until he was unconscious," wrote Lynie Arden, who organized the GoFundMe. "As dozens of classmates and a teacher watched in shock, he brutally stomped Trevor’s face until he was bleeding profusely."
Arden said that the student's jaw bone, nose, and several teeth were broken in the attack. He required oral surgery and will likely need future treatments — potentially further surgeries.
School officials said that there were at least 40 students and several staff members who may have witnessed the attack, but it "occurred too quickly" for the adults to intervene.
"As you might imagine, rumors and speculation can travel quickly through the student body, so we wanted to reach out to all of you so that you could be prepared to speak with your child about this incident in the event they share it with you tonight," the Ashland Middle School principal and vice principal said in their message.
At the time, the Middle School said that it would be "working with the student and family" to determine consequences for the attack. NewsWatch 12 is currently looking into what those consequences have been.
"We are very sad that an incident like this occurred on the AMS campus and will work with our staff and students to do everything we can to prevent something like this from happening again and ensure student safety," the Middle School said.
Ashland School District underlined that student and staff safety are a major priority for the District. This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update the article with more details as they emerge.