A Tyler Junior College student is recovering from injuries suffered in a beating from two of the school’s basketball team’s players and several other students, campus officials said.
Fred Peters, TJC director of marketing and public affairs, said a fight broke out about 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday between the Claridge and Sledge residence halls in which Austin Mansell, 19, of Royse City, was beaten by several students.
Peters said TJC campus safety officers broke up the fight and summoned an ambulance for Mansell, who was transported to East Texas Medical Center, where he was treated and released for facial and head injuries.
“As a result of the investigation, two TJC students were arrested and charged with aggravated assault with bodily injury. They were taken into custody and booked into Smith County Jail,” Peters said in a prepared statement.
Bonds for both were set at $75,000 each.
Campus Safety Chief Randy Melton said the charges were elevated to aggravated assault because of the severity of the injuries sustained by the victim.
Peters said both students have been suspended from TJC and all college activities and organizations. Campus safety officials continue to investigate.
Peters said other individuals may be disciplined and other charges are possible.
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Tim Drain said the issue is being taken very seriously.
“Regardless of involvement in athletics or other student groups, students of TJC are expected to honor the Apache Creed and behave in a civil manner, on campus and off,” Drain said in the prepared statement.
“We have worked hard the past two years to improve campus civility and provide a safe and orderly environment. We take these issues seriously and have high expectations of all students.”