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School fight leaves teen in hospital

School fight leaves teen in hospital
By: Holly Brantley

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. --A fight on school grounds leaves a Poplar Bluff teenager in intensive care. Meanwhile, another teen faces assault charges for his part in the fight. Police say 18-year old Carl Stigall threw 17-year old Brandon Parker to the ground, striking his head.

According to police, the suspect, Carl Stigall squirted 17-year old Brandon Parker with a water bottle. Things got out of hand, and Stigall apparently slammed Parker down onto the concrete, beating him unconscious.

Judy and Junior Parker say they don't understand why some kids are filled with anger. "I'm from the old school," Judy said. "I don't get it at all. It scared us to death. When they called we didn't know what to think. With all the school violence going on you just don't know anymore."

According to witnesses, Brandon Parker quickly lost consciousness, but Stigall didn't stop. "He didn't know whether Brandon was dead," said Judy Parker, Brandon's mother."He wasn't moving and he just kept hitting him."

Brandon was rushed by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. With numerous injuries, and his brain bruised and blooding, Brandon was put in intensive care.

Stigall faces second degress felony assault charges for allegedly causing reckless serious physical injury to Parker.

"Do I want him to go to jail?," said Junior Parker. "I don't know, but I do want him punished."

Judy Parker says it scares her knowing the fight happened at school. "I don't understand why it went as far as it did," said Judy Parker.

Meanwhile, Brandon Parker is listed in stable condition at Saint Francis Medical Center. May 5th, is the high school prom. Parker's parents say they're not sure he'll be able to go, even if he's out of the hospital.


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