MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – A 13-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly attacking a fellow student at Vista Heights Middle School in Moreno Valley, sheriff’s officials said today.
The assault occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday and left a 12-year-old girl “momentarily unconscious,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Favero said.
Other students came to the victim’s aid as she regained consciousness and she eventually returned to class but sought treatment at a hospital later that day, according to Favero.
That’s when sheriff’s investigators learned of the alleged attack and after conducting several interviews, they arrested the 13 year-old suspect Friday morning. He was booked into the Riverside County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of assault likely to cause great bodily injury.
Authorities did not release the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault.
A recent spate of violence at Moreno Valley schools has raised concern from parents and school officials.
A 13-year-old boy died after he was attacked on Sept. 16 at Landmark Middle School by two other boys. Diego Stolz was punched in l the face, causing him to fall backward and bang his head on a concrete pillar, which led to fatal head trauma. The two boys allegedly involved in the assault are facing manslaughter charges.
In another incident, three 12-year-old girls are suspected of assaulting a student and teacher on Oct. 2 at Sunnymead Middle School, resulting in several arrests.
Three weeks later, two teenage girls were arrested for allegedly getting into a brawl at Valley View High School, though no one was injured.