Latest update on this story: Jailed teen's mom: Other student made threats, used racial slurs prior to classroom incident
A Johnson High School student was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital and another has been accused of slamming him into the classroom’s concrete floor and continuing to punch him, according to authorities.
Joshua Lionel Jackson, 17, of Flowery Branch, was charged with felony aggravated battery Monday, April 25, from an attack on a 15-year-old fellow student Friday, April 22, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman B.J. Williams said.
Williams confirmed that Jackson was being charged as an adult.
Williams said the incident happened at school during a class transition around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Investigators believe Jackson picked up the 15-year-old student from behind and slammed him into the classroom’s concrete floor.
In a video obtained by The Times, Jackson is behind a door when the student enters the classroom.
After the student’s head hit the floor, he was unconscious and had a seizure, Williams said.
Williams said Jackson “continued the assault by punching the unconscious teen.” At least six punches are shown on the video obtained by The Times.
The student was hospitalized for his injuries, but Williams was unsure of the teen’s status as of Wednesday, April 27.
Williams said Jackson was also charged with misdemeanor simple battery for slapping the same teenager about 30 minutes before the classroom assault.
Williams did not have information on what provoked the assault, which investigators are still looking into.
“It looks like he just assaulted the other student,” Williams said. “I’m not sure if there was previous stuff going on with them.”
Johnson High Principal Jonathan Edwards deferred comment to Hall County Schools spokesman Stan Lewis.
Lewis said it was a P.E. class coming back inside, and no school employees were in the room when the assault happened.
Lewis said school officials originally believed it was a medical episode when the child was hospitalized.
“It wasn’t until Saturday that it was revealed to school officials that an assault had taken place,” Lewis said.
Lewis did not know what led up to the incident but said the student has recovered from his injuries.
Jackson remains at the Hall County Jail without bond for the aggravated battery charge.
Jackson was appointed a public defender, but the public defender’s office said Wednesday, April 27, that the case had just been assigned to them.