PIQUA — An assault was reported at Piqua High School on Tuesday, which resulted in the victim being taken to the Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment.
The high school staff reported the incident to the Piqua Police Department at approximately 12:30 p.m. According to Deputy Chief Jason Preston of the Piqua Police Department, a 16-year-old male student punched a 15-year-old male student in the face. The victim lost a tooth and suffered a possibly dislocated jaw as a result. The Piqua Fire Department transported him from the school to UVMC for treatment.
It is unclear what instigated the assault. The 16-year-old was charged with felonious assault.
Piqua City Schools Superintendent Dwayne Thompson said apparently words had been exchanged between the two students earlier in the day, but he had no details on what exactly was said.
“What I’m familiar with is pretty much what the police report said,” Thompson said. “Anytime there’s any kind of physical altercation, we’ll always get the police involved, whether it’s severe or not; we will call the police and press assault charges.”
With less than a year in the position, Thompson said during his tenure as superintendent, he has not seen an altercation between two students escalate to this degree.
The Piqua Daily Call will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.
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