Southampton student reports assault after FHS-SHS game

Published 9:48 am Saturday, December 13, 2014

At approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, Franklin Police officers were dispatched to Franklin High School after a report of an assault, said Capt. Tim Whitt, FPD spokesman.

The victim, a 16-year-old Southampton High School student from Boykins, was located in the emergency room by police officers. He was being treated for a broken nose and abrasions to his arms and knees, Whitt said.

Following the basketball game between the two schools, the student had gotten into a fight with a person outside of the school. The captain also said the victim claimed that once the fight began several people jumped on him and that led to his injuries.

Whitt said he did not know the age of the attackers, so he could not at this point report if they were students or adults.

Because the victim is cooperating, officers know the name of one of the people involved in the attack. However, Whitt said he could not share that detail yet. The victim does not know how many people attacked him, the captain said.

This matter is under investigation and charges could be brought.

At this point, Whitt said he had no reason to believe that either school’s basketball team was involved in this matter.

When asked multiple times whether there was an incident of this nature at Franklin High School, Franklin City Public Schools Superintendent Willie Bell said there was no assault.