A Parkview High School student severely beaten in the school's locker room last week is home after spending three days in the hospital. The attack was captured by other students on video.
David Egan is doing much better, despite being hit so hard that his nose was dislodged from his skull and a metal plate had to be inserted under his eye.
“The swelling has gone down a lot and I’m supposed to be getting the nose brace off in a week or two,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
The 16-year-old says he had no idea he was about to be “sucker punched” by another student who accused of him of stealing his tennis shoes.
Egan calls it a misunderstanding because the student who punched him put his belongings in Egan’s locker before weight training class began.
“I guess someone saw me put his stuff on the floor and assumed that I took them, but I just threw them out on the floor because they were in my locker,” he says.
The other teen has been charged as a juvenile with battery, and the school says it is investigating to identify others who may have been involved.
As for Egan, he has no plans to return to Parkview, and is looking into home schooling or perhaps a military school out of state.
Meantime, his father Danny Egan is meeting with an attorney to see of any recourse can be taken against the school.
He is outraged that 911 was not called after his son’s attack, but the school system believes Parkview handled the handled the case well.
A statement from the Gwinnett School System reads: “Typically in a fight, 911 is not called. Injured students are typically taken to the clinic to receive immediate care from the clinic worker. Parents are then called.”
The statement goes on to say that such incidents at Parkview are very rare and the school acted immediately to the care for the injured student and investigate what happened.