17 year old Sylacauga student assaulted, airlifted to UAB

Used with permission from the victim's mother.
Used with permission from the victim's mother.

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Sylacauga PD is currently investigating the assault of a 17 year old Sylacauga High School student. The assault reportedly happened Friday around 10:00 PM.

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A release from the Sylacauga Police states officers responded to the “Old Ace Hardware” parking lot Friday night to find the 17 year old male victim bleeding from his head.  He was transported to the Coosa Valley Medical Center and later transported to UAB by helicopter.

He’s currently listed in critical condition at UAB with head injuries received in the assault.

We spoke to the victim’s mother. She tells us her son Brian Ogle was attacked by a group of teens from the school over an incident at school that led to a riot and threats. As of Sunday evening, she says he is still in critical condition and suffered fractures to the skull and brain trauma.

“I wish they knew the real Brian they hurt,” his mother Brandi Allen said. “I wish they knew my son as the person he is. I want them punished to the full extent.”

Police say there are rumors on social media that this incident may be stemming from something that happened at the high school. It is a part of the investigation.

“I believe I speak for everybody when I say the violence needs to stop, whether it is from the incident at the high school or for any other reason,” states Kelley B. Johnson, Sylacauga Chief of Police, in the statement.

Allen said as of Sunday, her son is still in critical condition but is more responsive than he was Saturday.

The Sylacauga City School system issued a press release Sunday.

“Our immediate concern is for the health and well-being of our student. Every child who attends Sylacauga City Schools is part of our family and we are grieved that this happened to one of our own. WE are steadfastly praying for healing for a full recovery,” Superintendent Dr. Todd Freeman said. “Sylacauga City School officials have been working closely with the Sylacauga Police Department throughout the weekend. We urge students, parents, and community members to contact the police with any information about this incident.”

If you have any information that could help this case, call (256) 401-2450.

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