SPRING HILL, TX (KLTV) - A Spring Hill High School student was just released from a hospital Monday afternoon after being severely beaten in a grocery store parking lot. Longview Police say a group of Kilgore and Spring Hill students gathered Friday night for a pre-planned fight. It could have been a deadly situation had the student not been rushed to a hospital by friends.
Jackie Bull says her 18-year-old son, Jake Jones, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jones, a senior at Spring Hill, was the victim of a huge, organized fight between Kilgore and Spring Hill students.
"What we heard from people involved in the incident was there was a young man from Kilgore High School and a young man from Spring Hill High School that were dating the same girl," said Officer Kevin Brownlee with the Longview Police Department.
Police say the situation escalated and the two rivals set a date to face-off.
"We have reports of 30 to 40 people in the parking lot to 200 people in the parking lot," said Brownlee.
And, somehow in the chaos, Jones, whose Spring Hill football coach says is one of their leading tacklers was attacked and brutally beaten.
"It could've been really, he could have been dead...it was a brutal attack on an innocent person," said Bull.
"Probably, the people from Kilgore that came there as well to engage in this illegal fight also had trouble differentiating between who was there to fight and who was there to watch the fight," said Brownlee. "All in all it was a bad scene."
Police have assigned two detectives to the case and are reviewing surveillance video. They say the suspects could face serious punishment.
"We've written it up as an aggravated assault because of the amount of injury that the young man received so it's been written up as an aggravated assault which could carry up to prison time," said Brownlee.
This certainly isn't the first fight between high school kids, and police say it serves as an important reminder to know where your kids are. As for Jones, Bull says he is on the road to recovery.
"I want my son healthy and whole and alive," said Bull. "That is my number one concern. Has been and still is."
There were no weapons involved in this fight, but police say there were actually three victims. Jones, plus another student was also assaulted, and one student whose vehicle was damaged.