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Alleged Byrd attacker says he was bullied into rage

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Wendy Phillips explains how her son was bullied. Wendy Phillips explains how her son was bullied.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The mother of a boy who allegedly hit another student in the head with metal stool at Byrd High School this week said her son was driven to the point of rage.

That boy, Byrd freshman Michael Phillips, said he was provoked into smashing 14-year-old Damien Doyle in the head on Tuesday in the teens' art class.

"He said, 'I'm going to beat you up.' He said, 'Regardless, I'm either going to beat you up on the bus or before the year is over with,'" Michael said.

With that threat fresh in mind, the teen admits that he hit Doyle with the stool.

"I snapped," he said. "All my fear turned into rage."

That rage led to a two-inch gash on Doyle's head, but Michael's swirling emotions quickly shifted back to fear after seeing blood gushing from the wound.

"I thought he could die. I thought he was going to die," Michael said. "That's how much blood he lost. I thought he was going to die."

"It's not all his fault either," said Michael's mom Wendy Phillips.

She said she was shocked when she saw Wednesday's story on KSLA News 12, which included Doyle's claim that the attack was unprovoked.

"That was kind of what threw me because what sane person is going to just come out of nowhere and just hit you with a stool for no reason," she said.

Michael claimed Doyle had been bullying him for months. There were emotions he said he kept bottled up. It was a recipe for disaster which could have led both boys to a place much worse than jail.

"I really feel bad for what I did but if somebody threatens you or wants to fight you, that's threatening your life," Michael said.

Wendy said she's sorry about what happened, but glad her son is safe.

"I'm truly sorry for what happened. I really am," she said. "But I'd rather him be one of those children that take up for himself than be one of those kids that kills himself because of it."

Wendy said her son was arrested for aggravated assault and suspended from school. They will have to go before the Caddo Parish School Board for a hearing to find out if Michael will be allowed back to school this year, Wendy said.

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