BRIDGEWATER — A Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School senior stole a wrench from a classroom and used it to beat a rival over the head, horrifying classmates in a bloody hallway fight Friday afternoon, police said.
“It was horrible. There was blood everywhere,” senior Bob Hollstein, 17, said.
Police have charged Colin Harrington, 17, of 32 Union St., Bridgewater, with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disrupting a school assembly.
The victim, a junior at the school, was alert and conscious and was transported to Morton Hospital and Medical Center in Taunton, police said. A friend of the victim said the student received stitches and staples but otherwise seemed fine, despite having been found in a pool of blood.
Police say the fight occurred about 1 p.m. as students were walking to the final class of the week.
Hollstein said he and other students pulled Harrington away, dragging him down a school hallway as the victim lay in the blood. Another student said all the male teachers in the area helped break up the fight, and that one was splattered with blood.
Police believe the students had a history of conflicts with one another but continue to investigate what specifically caused Friday’s fight.
Harrington, a member of the school’s wrestling team, is serving probation for a juvenile offense, police said, but he has no adult criminal record.
The fight occurred near the school’s center stairwell, which connects the three-floor building. Afterward, students were told to stay in their classrooms as part of a “shelter-in-place,” the term the school uses to describe a partial lock-down drill.
Police dismissed the students in groups under their watch. By 2:30 p.m., most were headed home and athletes were suiting up for afternoon practice at the four-year-old school.
Friends say the victim was released from the hospital Friday afternoon.
“(The victim) stopped by my house He seemed great,” junior Tyler Smith wrote in a Facebook message to an Enterprise reporter.
Several calls and e-mails to schools officials, including Principal Angela Watson and Superintendent Jacqueline Forbes, were not returned Friday.