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updated 8:40 PM UTC, Dec 13, 2018

Kountze student seriously injures Warren student at WISD Bonfire

by Emily Waldrep

A Warren ISD freshman was transported to the hospital during Thursday night's homecoming bonfire after a Kountze ISD student struck the victim in the face.

According to witnesses at the scene, both the Kountze student and the Warren student attended the Warren ISD homecoming bonfire on Thursday night. At some point during the event, the Kountze student approached the Warren freshman and struck him in the face. He was immediately knocked to the ground, and the Kountze student fled the scene on foot.

According to Tyler County Sheriff's Department, the Kountze student was taken into custody by Hardin County Law Enforcement and released on bail shortly after.

The victim suffered major jaw injuries and was immediately transported to the hospital to receive medical care.

Warren ISD says that they will immediately begin working with students, faculty and parents to ensure the safety of people who attend Warren events in the future.

"We will proceed in a way that will ensure that events like this are minimized," Superintendent Lance Johnson said, "we want activities between Warren and other districts to continue safely."

The bonfire was ended early to ensure the safety of all students.

"We do not condone violent activity on our campus at all," Johnson said, "thankfully, the situation was handled quickly by adult supervisors and staff members on the scene."

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