INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Police say a Franklin Central High School student was badly beaten at his bus stop.
Neighbors say it was so bad, that the 16-year-old was paralyzed from the waist down. According to police, the other person involved is also a high school student who has not been arrested.
It happened Friday evening on the 8500 block of Lagrotte Drive near Southeastern Avenue and Franklin Road. Neighbors say there was some kind of disagreement that was going on at school prior to the attack.
“Evidently this is something they planned at school,” said neighbor Al Eubanks.
His wife Alice Eubanks added, “It was planned all day that they were doing to do this.”
The victim, who WISH-TV will not identify at the family’s request, had just gotten off of the school bus when police say a few vehicles pulled up and a male approached the victim.
“As the kid was walking down the street, they pulled into the addition. That concerned them. There was a tussle,” said neighbor Bill Striby.
“One kid jumped out (one) of the three cars and grabbed the kid and turned him up and slammed his head down on the asphalt there,” said Al Eubanks.
Right after the attack, neighbors say they heard the cars speed off. The Eubanks drove by just as the cars had sped away.
“They (the medics) were working on the kid that got hurt. Then they left and took him away,” said Al Eubanks.
According to police, the victim complained that he had no feeling below the waist. He was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital in serious condition.
“He had the second surgery and he is doing well. He’s still in a lot of pain, but he’s still got a long way to recover,” said Alice Eubanks.
The community has come together. They’re praying for a full recovery.
“He is just a good, basic kid. You know, we didn’t have any trouble on this street. No trouble with him. He’s always lived here as long as we’ve lived here,” said Alice Eubanks.
Now they’re turning to authorities for justice.
“It upsets me that I have a neighbor in the hospital and this guy is walking the streets,” said Striby.
Neighbors have started a crime watch. They met on Tuesday to discuss ways to look out for one another.
Police say they are getting conflicting reports on what started the fight. They’re asking for your tips. If you have any information that could help authorities in this investigation, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.
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