Ole Miss Student Hospitalized After Attack
(University, MS) Ole Miss students spent Saturday praying for a win over Texas.
Now, they’re praying for a classmate.
Police in Austin, Texas, believe someone brutally beat Carson Otter over the weekend.
“Carson has always been nice to me. I’ve been nice to him. We’re friends. So I was upset to hear about his situation,” said Student Body President Gregory Alston.
He says Otter was not the kind of person to go looking for, or causing, trouble, making what happened all the more shocking.
Witnesses have said Otter was walking down an Austen Street when he got into an argument with a passenger in a passing car.
We’re told that passenger jumped out of the car and beat Otter, sending his head to the pavement.
Paramedics took him to University Medical Center Brackenridge.
Otter reportedly underwent emergency brain surgery, and was put in a medically-induced coma, which is normally used to prevent brain swelling.
”His mother has reported that he’s been responsive and so all of us in the university community are keeping him in our prayers and thoughts and supporting the family,” said University of Mississippi Dean of Students Sparky Reardon.
His family has said he will face a long road to recovery.
This incident comes as Ole Miss marks “Creed Week,” which celebrates and encourages a code of civility in the campus community.
”These things don’t happen in a civil world, and it’s our obligation to try to get our students to believe that,” Reardon explained.
Unfortunately, whoever apparently hurt Otter may not hold those beliefs.
Austin police have reportedly made no arrests in the case.
“We’re all just praying for him and I think that’s the best thing we can do right now,” said Alston.
Students say they’re encouraged that Otter opened his eyes and even nodded at his family after surgery.