YERMO — A 15-year-old boy was airlifted to a trauma center after an apparent fight at Silver Valley High School on Wednesday morning, authorities said.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials responded to the school at 7:10 a.m. regarding a student not breathing. Barstow Sheriff’s Station Lt. Manny Mendoza confirmed deputies received reports that the boy was breathing again at approximately 7:13 a.m.
Deputies arrived at 7:17 a.m. and found the boy was being treated by paramedics and suffering from head trauma, according to Mendoza.
“We learned the student did not stop breathing and had just lost consciousness,” Mendoza said. “It appears that the student was involved in a fight with another student.”
Silver Valley Unified School District officials later responded to repeated Desert Dispatch requests for comment.
"A fight occurred early today at Silver Valley High School involving two high school age students," said Assistant Superintendent Jeff Youskievicz. "The District believes this to be an isolated incident between the two students and we are handling the matter pursuant to applicable protocols. The District has been in contact with law enforcement and the students’ families.
"Since the District is obligated to protect student privacy, we can offer no further specifics at this time. However, we can assure all that the District takes matters of this nature very seriously, and at all times, we will act to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and the entire High School and surrounding Yermo community."
The injured student was transported by ground ambulance to Barstow Community Hospital. From there, he was airlifted to a trauma center with undisclosed injuries. Scanner traffic reported that a helicopter arrived at BCH at approximately 7:49 a.m.
Scanner traffic reported that a suspect was detained in the school’s office Wednesday morning. Mendoza said deputies contacted the suspect and arrested him on suspicion of assault with serious injuries.
The boy is expected to be booked at High Desert Juvenile Detention Center in Apple Valley, authorities said.
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