Cory Pingeton, an 18-year-old student at Franklin High School in Franklin, Mass., required medical attention after an unnamed suspect viciously attacked him in the school's hallway. After fleeing the campus following the attack, the suspected assailant now faces criminal charges, WBZ-TV reports.
Video of the attack later surfaced online and police have said the person who took the video -- who has not been identified -- could face legal action.
“I was in complete shock,” Pingeton told police, according the Milford Daily News. “I didn’t really know what was going on.”
Authorities believe the assault occurred after the suspect believed Pingeton was "talking trash about him" -- a claim the 18-year-old refutes.
According to the paper, Pingeton was treated at Milford Regional Medical Center for broken bones around his eye, a swollen retina and other injuries.
On Monday, WCVB-TV reported that the suspect will face felony assault charges.
The school also released a statement in support of Pingeton.
"This cowardly act is disturbing and it does not reflect the expectations we espouse as a school district or as a community," the school said in a statement according to WCVB-TV. "We are committed to ensuring all of our students are safe while they are in school."
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