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Family Plans to Press Charges after Student Punched in Face at School

WILLIAMSPORT – A Williamsport Area freshman may need surgery after being punched by another student at school. Sarah Boyce, 14, from Williamsport, didn’t ...
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WILLIAMSPORT – A Williamsport Area freshman may need surgery after being punched by another student at school.

Sarah Boyce, 14, from Williamsport, didn't make it to Williamsport Area High school for classes Thursday. Instead she went to see an eye specialist and plastic surgeon at Geisinger near Danville.

"Underneath my eye, my nose, and this area right here is broke," said Sarah Boyce.

Sarah's aunt agreed to speak for the family.

"This isn't OK regardless of what went on for things to get to any sort of point. This is not OK. It's not OK for a young boy to put his hands on a young girl," said Sheri Andy.

According to police in Williamsport, a freshman boy punched Sarah in the face at the high school in Williamsport. The two were caught on video surveillance arguing in the hall before Sarah was hit.

"I chased after him, reached to attempt to grab him to stop him, and he reached around and hit me."

Sarah's mother tells us the entire thing stems from an argument that happened on the bus. That was the first time Sarah was threatened by the other student.

"A bunch of him and his friends started teasing my friend. I was already in a bad mood at that point and I told them to let it go," said Boyce.

"I think something should have been done right away. I think something should have been done. I think an officer should have been called. I think and ambulance should have been called," said Andy.

In a statement the Williamsport School District told us immediate medical care was provided on site by medical staff, a parent was contacted and plans were made to send Sarah home, police were contacted, and pending results of the investigation, disciplinary actions will be handled in accordance with district policies.

"Right now we are going to talk to police and we would like to press full charges," said Andy.

"I'm scared, honestly. I'm terrified even to be in school because I don't know what he is capable of. I don't know people he knows. I'm terrified for my life," said Boyce.

Police tell us charges are possible but they are still investigating. As for Sarah, she may need surgery to repair the broken bones in her face.