A student is back at home from the hospital, recovering after an attack at a Gwinnett County school.
David Egan, 16, was forced to undergo emergency facial surgery because the unexpected blow to his face from a schoolmate broke his nose off his skull.
"I turn back and I felt something hit me," Egan said about what happened in the boys locker room at Parkview High School on Tuesday. "I didn't even see him move. The first hit everything went blurry. Next thing I know I was on the ground. I didn't even see it coming.
Egan said he doesn't know the other teen who attacked him. He didn't even know his name before the violent encounter. Egan said the other student, also 16-years old, confronted him about rumors.
Several bystanders in the locker room recorded the attack with their cell phones. They show the two teens talking. Egan turned and looked away when the other teen punched him. The impact made Egan tumble across the room onto a row of lockers. As he stumbled, his attacker punched Egan, knocking him to the ground.
"When he first hit me I actually said out loud, ‘Wow, you actually sucker punched me?' because it was just crazy that he actually did that," Egan explained.
He said when he hit the ground after the second blow everyone was jumping, cheering and laughing.
Daniel Egan picked up his son from school Tuesday, the boy bleeding and in shock. The elder Egan said Parkview High staff called him to pick up the teen rather than calling an ambulance for him.
"He had fractures all over his cheekbone, fractures which require a metal plate to constructively hold the bones back together, and the whole base of his nose was broken to the side of his face. His eyes were completely swollen shut," said Daniel Egan.
Daniel Egan said his son did nothing wrong.
"He said the boy accused him of touching his sneakers or taking his sneakers. He (David) said, 'I tried to talk to him, and I don't even know this kid,'" said Daniel Egan. "He's been through so much physical trauma he is not thinking much about what happened, he is just trying to cope with the pain."
The Gwinnett County School District said David Egan's attacker faces disciplinary action. Police charged him criminally with battery as a juvenile. They did not release his name because he is a minor.
The district is also looking into who else may be responsible.
But Daniel Egan said the school district should look no further than its teachers and administrators.
"Where are the coaches? Why is it that in supposedly one of the best schools in the country you can't supervise my child? Where were you? Where were you? That is what I want to know," said Daniel Egan. "No one was there for my son. He was 100 percent vulnerable and then as soon as they found him they should have called an EMT."
At home Saturday, David Egan said this has changed his life. He's in a lot of pain, and he's forced to miss school indefinitely.
"I just want him to get punished for what he did because he wrongfully attacked me. And I didn't know him. I just wanted to get on with my life. I didn't ask for any of this," he said.
The family planned to meet with an attorney.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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