Parents demand answers after gym beating

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CONROE, Texas (KPRC) – A Texas junior high school student is recovering at home after a bloody beating that landed him in the hospital.

Matthew Tidwell, 13, said he had been playing with a pool noodle in gym class at Peet Junior High School in Conroe Monday when he struck one of his classmates.

“Not a hard hit. It was just like a joke hit and he got all mad. He started beating me up,” the seventh-grader said.

The school called Matthew’s father, saying he had been the victim in a bad fight.

“It was so bad, he couldn’t open his eyes. When we got to the hospital, you could see a shoe print on the side of his face. He had a slight concussion. He was bloody and braced up,” Allen Tidwell said.

The father says he is frustrated because the school won’t tell him anything about the student behind the attack or whether he will be disciplined.

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