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Disturbing high school assault sends Utah teen to hospital, another to jail

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CACHE COUNTY, Utah (KUTV) — A brutal beat-down at a Cache County high school sent a teenage boy to the hospital over the weekend and another to jail.

Video footage, filmed Friday evening, shows two Sky View High School students sophomores in a dispute in a hallway, police say. The taller teen then strikes the other boy in the head, hitting him with his elbow.

The violent blow sends the smaller teenager to the ground, where his hands begin to twitch.

The victim, whom school officials and police have not identified, was taken to a Logan-area hospital, then air-lifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City for emergency surgery.

He is now recovering at home, said Tim Smith, spokesman for the Cache County School District.

Authorities arrested the teen shown making the attack, said Chief Deputy Matt Biladaou of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. He faces charges of aggravated assault and has been suspended from school.

The sheriff’s office is handling the investigation, and Biladaou said the teen, who has not been named, will be prosecuted in juvenile court.

In a school of 1,800 students, the Cache County School District said events like these are rare but not unheard of.

“You hope you can do prevention as much as possible. But when this happens you go into intervention mode. And that’s certainly the mode the school’s in currently,” said school district spokesperson Tim Smith.