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Byrd student injured, parent upset with school's response

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Damien Doyle says the attack left a two-inch gash on the side of his forehead that required stitches. Damien Doyle says the attack left a two-inch gash on the side of his forehead that required stitches.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Byrd High School freshman says a normal day at school took a violent turn Tuesday, when he was smashed in the head with a metal stool during art class. But it was how the school handled his injury that has his mother asking questions. 

Damien Doyle says the attack left a two-inch gash on the side of his forehead.  He says he has no idea why another student that he called his friend did this to him.

He says he's known the other boy from about the second grade and has never had any issues with him. "I just had my hands on his shirt like this so I could try stop him from hitting me," says Doyle.

The gash required four stitches and was also about a half-inch deep.  "I was nervous. I was scared.  I was just holding my face and there was just blood all over my hands everywhere."

Doyle says the attack was unprovoked.  "I don't even know, maybe something clicked in his head. I don't even know," he says.

However, Wendy Phillips, who says she is the mother of the boy who struck Doyle says, it was Doyle who was harassing her son when the altercation occurred.

Denise Moreau, Doyle's mother, says she was shocked when she saw her son.  "You could see his skull, that's how deep it was and he had all this blood. It was everywhere."

On Wednesday, Doyle's shoes and the camouflage pants he wore were still stained with blood.  Moreau says what happened after the incident made her even more upset.

"They never did call 911. They never did answer, why they did not call 911 for my son," Moreau says, referring to school officials.  

KSLA News 12 contacted a spokesperson from the Caddo Parish School Board, who says Byrd principal Jerry Badgley claims 911 was called, but when paramedics got there, they felt that a transport to the hospital was not needed.

Both Moreau and her son deny that claim. "They didn't even care because if they would have cared, they would have called 911," says Moreau.

Doyle adds, "I will probably not get as close to him. I have to watch every angle of the classroom now."

"I'm very disappointed, very disappointed in them. I mean, when I give you my child, he becomes your child when he's in your custody," says Moreau.

The boy who allegedly hit Doyle with the stool was arrested and taken to the Caddo Parish Juvenile Detention Center. 

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