Read this:

An altercation between two students at Longfellow Middle School on Tuesday resulted in one of them needing medical treatment.

At about 12:45 p.m., an ambulance was dispatched to Longfellow for a student with a broken nose and two teeth knocked out.  (Source: http://enidnews.com/localnews/x1344829772/Longfellow-fight-leads-to-injuries)

To hear that account, it sounds as if perhaps it was just two kids who got a bit out of control in a fight.  Fights happen all the time.  This one just got bad right?

You bet your ass it did.  And that article does it NO justice.  None at all.  It’s nearly shameful.

Take a look at this picture that is circulating around the internet.  Longfellow Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have attempted to contact his mother and am awaiting a reply from her to get more of this story.

Some of the rumors I have heard are saying that most of this damage was done to him AFTER he was completely knocked out.  In addition, I am hearing that the other student in this incident was not a student at Longfellow and might have been a student at Enid High School.  Again, these are rumors for right now.  I can’t confirm anything.  (UPDATE:  The other student was a student at Longfellow, not a high school student as first rumored.)

The victim is still in the hospital and is going to be (or already had) surgery.  Harmless fight right?  Wrong.

What the hell is wrong with people?  How does this happen?  Why are our schools so full of violence, bullying, and the like?  What’s it going to take to correct this stuff?  A death?  Because it looks like we just came close to that.  And if you ask me, if a person is knocked out and you continue to inflict harm like this on someone, you aren’t just trying to hurt them.  You’re trying to kill them.  If that is indeed the case, I hope that the Garfield County District Attorney files attempted murder charges on the person who inflicted this.

Now, I’m not naive.  I know there are always two sides to every story.  Fights always have two sides to them.  And facts need to come out.  But that picture is worth a thousand words.   I was a Longfellow Mustang.  I do not have Mustang Pride today.

Let’s pray for him and his family. I would also like to direct everyone to our main page and the link to “Stand for the Silent.”  It’s a group dedicated to eradicating bullying.

I’ll close with this from someone who is going out of their way to help.  They are setting up a bank account to help the family.

WE ARE GOING TO SET UP A BANK ACCOUNT AT ALVA STATE BANK AND TRUST HERE IN ENID ADDRESS TO THE BANK IS 801 W BROADWAY PHONE NUMBER IS 580 234-4201 WE DO NOT HAVE THIS ACCOUNT SET UP YET BUT WILL BE UP AND GOING BY 4-26-12 FOR “PRESTON HODGE” THIS YOUNG BOY GOT BEAT UP AT SCHOOL AND HAS TO UNDER GO SURGERY.IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WHAT TO HELP IN ANY OTHER WAY PLEASE CONTACT JEFF RUST AT 580 977-7878 FRIENDS AND FAMILY WE IN THE PEOPLE IN ENID HAVE A BIG HEART LETS HELP ALL WE CAN PRAYERS SENT YOUR WAY