15-year-old's beating causes fear for family at home, school

Published: Aug. 30, 2015 at 1:53 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2015 at 12:12 PM CDT
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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) - Ethan Humphrey,15, was attacked by a student at his school in Millington.

His mother said they now both live in fear.

"He told him you better watch your son," Humphrey's mother said. "Which has also been said in front of my home."

That statement, along with being brutally beaten on Friday, including being punched in the back of the head twice, has left the family afraid.

"I cant go out of my own home," his mother said. "I feel like I need to be protected or armed. I feel unsafe. My kids feel unsafe. My son doesn't want to go back to school."

Humphrey was left with a concussion and a broken collarbone.

His mother said it all began Thursday night when Humphrey was walking to a friend's house and was surrounded by neighborhood boys after declining to play football with them. She said during the altercation, Humphrey repeated what the other boy said and said 'My n---- have my back too."

"The police officers told him Thursday night he had to fight back, but he said he didn't want to, because he didn't want to be kicked off the team," said Humphrey's mother.

His mother said those same officers told her they would inform the school to keep him protected the next day. The phone call, she said, never happened.

"I cannot explain the way it makes me feel knowing my son is unprotected and has to go back to that school," she said.

What bothers her the most is after her son was severely beaten, he was placed in a wheelchair and never saw a nurse. She said the school did not call an ambulance for her son or give him any medical attention.

"Its very disturbing. I just want to pack stuff up and go."

Some of those students are neighbors, causing the family to live in fear for her son's safety at school and at home.

His mother said Ethan is home from the hospital now and resting. She said she will be going to the school Monday to try to find some way for her son to be protected in the future.

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