Fight caught on video, sends teen with serious head injury to hospital

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - A teenage boy is in intensive care after a classmate attacked him in a hallway at the Washington, Missouri public high school.

The incident happened Monday as students were leaving for the day.

The parents of 16-year-old Seth Kloppe are at his bedside at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  His mother says he has bleeding on the brain.

She gave FOX 2cell phone video of the attack which we will show you with the warning it is disturbing.

Washington Missouri police report another 16-year-old boy is in juvenile custody and charged with second degree assault.

The Washington high school sophomore was transferred to the intensive care unit here at Cardinal Glennon Monday after his father rushed him to a local hospital.  The parents have been consulting with a team of surgeons about their son`s condition.

Friends of the teen provided his mother with this disturbing video.  It shows Seth Kloppe  being punched twice in the head.  He appears to strike his head on a door jam before falling to the floor in a school hallway.

The Washington school district superintendent issued a statement saying:  'School personnel and our nurse responded to the situation, handling it as promptly as possible.  Law enforcement was notified.'

However Seth`s mother is upset the school did not immediately call an ambulance.

Superintendent Lori Vanleer is limited in what she can say, but told me quote:  'Our thoughts are with the student hurt and the family.  We find this behavior to be unacceptable.' end quote.

Washington police describe the attack as rare, but say assaults and fist fights have occurred at the high school.

They are trying to find out if this was a coordinated attack because it was recorded on a cell phone.

The charge is a felony under Missouri law.  The case will be handled by the Franklin County Juvenile Court.

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