Charges are expected after a 14-year old boy is beaten at a high school football game in Northwestern Indiana.
The brutal attack happened in Lake Station, Indiana and was recorded on cellphone video.
Frankie Coulter is still recovering in the hospital. The teen suffered a broken nose, broken ankle and a concussion. He was temporarily placed in a medically induced coma Friday after the beating. "I was scared to death. He's got a neck brace on. He's got tubes breathing for him. He couldn't breathe on his own," said Coulter's mother, Kristine King.
The teen was taking pictures for his school newspaper during a rivalry game between River Forest High School in Hobart Indiana, and Edison Junior Senior High School in Lake Station, Indiana. The game was held at Edison where Coulter is a freshman.
Police are still investigating the attack but cellphone video suggests two people might have attacked Frankie at the game. Trisha Nalley was at the game and rushed to help Frankie.
"We get to the boy. He's not moving. He's unconscious. He was bleeding from his nose and his mouth. So I took my blanket and put it under his head. He immediately started seizing," Nalley said.
Nalley said she recognized the attackers as a group of boys who've bullied her own son in the past. She says she decided to stay for the entire game because the alleged attackers were there.
"I was actually going to leave at halftime but my son came up to me and said there was an issue going on so I had to stay the entire game," Nalley said. "So upon exiting the game, I really thought for a minute it was my son."
The principal at Edison Junior Senior High School issued a statement saying the district is aware of the situation. "We have zero tolerance for bullying and fighting..."
Frankie's mother believes the school is turning a blind eye to the situation saying the suspects involved have a known history.
Christine Pepa, principal of Edison, said in a statement that they are aware of the situation. "We have zero tolerance for bullying and fighting ... We cannot comment on details regarding the students involved, but are disciplining according to our student handbook and school policy," the statement said.
However, King, Coulter's mother, said she believes Edison is turning a blind eye, refusing to discipline someone with a known history.
"This is ridiculous. The one thing they should be able to do is go to a school function without getting beat up," King said.