‘I Don’t Feel Safe’: Student Injured in Attack at Orem High School

May 13, 2019, 6:56 PM | Updated: 7:00 pm

OREM, Utah — An Orem High School student is recovering from jaw surgery after police say he was attacked on campus by a student from a different school.

“It appeared to be a targeted assault,” said Lt. Trent Colledge with the Orem Police Department.

The attack happened on May 1 after the school day had ended, Colledge said. It was not caught on the school’s surveillance cameras but cell phone video did capture the violence.

“They punched me everywhere,” the 16-year-old victim said in an interview with KSL. The boy did not want his identity revealed out of fear of retaliation.

The sophomore said he was lured to an area of the school—an exit leading to the tennis courts—where another boy was waiting for him. That’s where the video shows him being punched over and over again, leaving him with two jaw fractures.

“Initially we were just looking at assault charges,” Colledge said, “but where substantial bodily injury occurred we are looking at an aggravated assault charge, which now made it a felony charge.”

The suspect, also 16 years old, is a student at an alternative high school and was not supposed to be on the campus of Orem High School, according to Colledge and a spokesperson for Alpine School District confirmed.

The suspect was arrested on May 6 and booked into juvenile detention. In addition to being held on suspicion of aggravated assault, the teen could also face a trespassing charge, Colledge said.

The victim is now recovering at home with his jaw wired shut. He and his mom are worried about what awaits him if and when he returns to class.

“I’m afraid to go back to school,” the teen said. “I want to go to a different school because maybe their friends want to take revenge and I don’t know their friends. I don’t feel safe.”

The boy was just finishing his first year at the high school. He said he was enjoying school, getting good grades and was even awarded “Student of the Day” recently.

The school has suspended five students for their various levels of involvement in the attack, said Kimberly Bird, spokesperson for Alpine School District.

Bird said the school’s administration and counselors are working with the family to provide online schooling or transfer options for the remaining weeks of this school year and for when school starts in the fall.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Madison Swenson

Crossing guard hospitalized after being struck by car in Ogden

An Ogden City crossing guard was hit by a car early Tuesday morning while setting up.
15 hours ago
Earthquake victims receive treatment at the al-Rahma Hospital in the town of Darkush, Idlib provinc...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah Turkish American Association finding ways to help after 7.8 earthquake

In Utah, Turkish Americans are desperately trying to get news from home, and one group is starting to think of how Utahns can help bring relief to their home country.
15 hours ago
Tamara Vaifanua

Tips to reduce your utility bills this winter

A lot of Utahns are shelling out more to keep their homes warm this winter -- about 17% more due to inflation.
15 hours ago
Carole Mikita

Utah’s Madeleine Choir School returns for tour including singing for Pope Francis

The members of the Madeleine Choir School recently returned from their first international tour in five years. And the highlight was singing at a Mass for Pope Francis.
15 hours ago
Eliza Pace

One dead in 4-vehicle crash; Highway 40 closed in both directions

A fatal crash involving four cars has closed U.S. Highway 40 in both directions.
15 hours ago
Gabby Petito...
Josh Ellis

New photo allegedly shows Gabby Petito’s injuries before interview with Moab PD

A newly released photograph appears to show injuries on Gabby Petito's face shortly before she met with officers from the Moab Police Department.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
‘I Don’t Feel Safe’: Student Injured in Attack at Orem High School