Collierville student in stable condition after attack

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — A Collierville High student who was beaten after school Tuesday is in stable condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and was expected to be released Thursday.

The 10th grader was hospitalized after he was allegedly assaulted by two students during a fight after class county authorities said.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, which is handling the investigation, said the victim has been interviewed and investigators are now talking to the students who allegedly assaulted him.

The Sheriff's Office said they are looking for the 17 and 18-year-old Collierville High students who attacked the 10th grader.

They wouldn't say what the fight was about, just that it seemed to be an isolated incident.

Parents and students told WREG there has been a heavy police presence at the school since the attack on the student. The school also has a Collierville officer and a Shelby County deputy on hand.

Gerald Lindsey said the community is concerned as rumors about the fight run rampant.

"You would be surprised, because Collierville is so quiet. You never think that's going to happen in the schools," said Lindsey.

In an email, officials with Collierville Schools said the students responsible for the attack face expulsion and that, "our campuses are calm and safe. We look forward to returning our focus to the admirable accomplishments of the overwhelming majority of our 8,600 plus students."

Jeff Jones, chief of staff for Collierville Schools, said both students accused in the assault face criminal charges and school expulsion.

He declined a request for an interview, but said, "While our investigation remains ongoing, our campuses are calm and safe, and we look forward to returning our focus to the admirable accomplishments of the overwhelming majority of our 8600+ students, rather than the lamentable, poor choices of only a few."

Sheriff's spokesman Earle Farrell said the students face aggravated assault charges.