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Parents want answers after boy seriously injured in school fight

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(KATV) A Mayflower high school student is knocked unconscious during a fight Monday, as students looked on in the cafeteria during lunch. The 11th grade boy was airlifted to a hospital for his injuries.

The story is getting a lot of attention because of the apparent severity of the student's injuries. Now parents want to know if the fight is the result of bullying.

The injured student is resting at home. Mayflower police are investigating and say both 11th grade boys fighting could face charges.

When students returned to school Tuesday, teachers read an official letter from the principal. They were told the teen was airlifted as a precaution because an underlying health condition and extra counselors were on hand.

Officer Wesley Tyra says they have not concluded this to be a bullying incident. He says officers don't get called to schools in the district often. "The schools handle 95% of all disciplinary issues that take place at the school. Only when they rise to a certain level do we have to act legally."

Witnesses say two boys got into a fight during lunch, in front of their peers. It reportedly started as a verbal argument and became physical. The teen fell off the stage, hit his head and lost consciousness.

Officer Tyra says they're working to determine who was at fault but teens could be charged. "Part of the investigation is why and how. The prosecuting attorney's office, Faulkner County will be involved, juvenile intake and their officers will be involved. I would expect charges to follow this incident."

On the same day, a parent filed a police report concerning alleged bullying. It is reportedly unrelated to this case.

When the investigation is complete, the Prosecuting Attorney's office will decide whether or not to file charges.

The school superintendent, John Gray declined to release a statement to Channel Seven. He said the attention and social media is not helping get the school back to normal.