Greenwood Student Allegedly Punched, Left Unconscious in School Bathroom

Greenwood Student Allegedly Punched, Left Unconscious in School Bathroom

GREENWOOD, TX (KWES) - A Greenwood High School student was treated Wednesday at Midland Memorial Hospital for injuries allegedly inflicted by another student in what he described as a vicious beating.

Tenth grader Karin Soto, 15, said he had been arguing with the other boy, a twelfth grader at Greenwood High.

"He wanted me to apologize and I didn't," he told NewsWest 9. "That's when he hit me... out of nowhere. I had no idea he was going to do that."

According to Soto and his mother, Dora Saenz, he was punched in the back of the head and the mouth, and knocked unconscious for about 30 minutes. He said he came to in a school bathroom, disoriented and in pain.

"I was in the restroom and I didn't know how I got there," Soto recalled. "Then I [saw] myself in the mirror. I was bleeding, so I went to the office... and they called my mom to pick me up."

Saenz shared hospital discharge forms with NewsWest 9 showing her son had been diagnosed with a "closed head injury."

The condition is described by doctors as "a trauma in which the brain is injured as a result of a blow to the head or a sudden, violent motion that causes the brain to knock against the skull."

According to Greenwood ISD Superintendent Ariel Elliott, the altercation was merely a "minor incident" and he did not believe Soto had been left unconscious in a school bathroom.

"That's not true," he told NewsWest 9 over the phone. "We have video cameras and we would have known if that had happened."

However, the incident was reported to the Midland County Sheriff's Office as an alleged assault, officials confirmed.

"Of course, there are two sides to every story and it's too early to know if anyone will be charged," Sheriff Gary Painter said in a phone conversation with NewsWest 9.

No further details pertaining to the incident report filed with the Sheriff's Office were available Friday.

Soto and his mother claimed he had punished by school staff for his role in the argument, while the student who allegedly punched him faced no disciplinary action.

"All I want is equal treatment for my son," Saenz told NewsWest 9 in Spanish. "I want this story told so everybody knows what happened and how unfair it was... Maybe [district administrators and law enforcement] will do something [if we speak out]."

The Greenwood High School senior accused of injuring Soto could not be reached for comment.