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Houston Murder Defense Attorney: Conroe ISD Jr. High student charged with aggravated assault after P.E. class fight

Posted on November 2, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

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Photos provided by: Houston Chronicle

A Peet Junior High School student remains in detention for aggravated assault stemming from a fight Monday that left his classmate in need of medical attention.

The injured boy, Matthew Tidwell, suffered injuries to his head and face. He hit the other student with a pool noodle, according to his father, Allen Tidwell, of Conroe, who posted his concerns, as well as photos of his son, on social media. Tidwell, who did not respond to The Courier, also provided an interview with a Houston television station. Photos of Matthew show his face swollen with bruises and red marks.

County Attorney J D Lambright said the other student involved, whose name was not released because of his age, is set to appear before a judge Monday and does not have a criminal history.

“It would be very unlikely in this case that it would be more than probation,” said Lambright, adding the parents of the boy are also subject to court orders and possible medical cost reimbursement. “It does seem like there could be some anger issues, so quite likely that would be coupled with anger management counseling.”

The incident occurred during gym class, according to Conroe ISD communications Director Sarah Blakelock.

“The coach responded immediately to the situation,” Blakelock stated in an email to The Courier. “Campus administration was notified and medical attention was sought for one of the students. Conroe ISD police took one of the students into custody for aggravated assault. The matter is being addressed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.”

Tidwell stated on Facebook that his son has been in good spirits since the incident.

“He wanted to go out for Halloween so bad,” Tidwell stated in the post. “He tried to put his mask on but it hurt his face too bad, but my little man tried so hard. My heart hurts so bad that he had to go though this over a “pool noodle.” He is not afraid to go back to school, but does not want the boy or the people around that did this to him. I’m so proud of this little man. I will go to end of the earth and back over an over him.”

Story provided by: Houston Chronicle 

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