Johnny Hunt was attacked by teammmate
SHELBY, N.C. -- Shelby police have issued a warrant for a high school wrestler accused of assaulting one of his teammates.
Now, the victim's parents are saying the school did not get their child medical attention as quickly as they should have.
The alleged assault happened in a bus driving through Shelby on its way back to R.S. Central High School. The teen is still recovering from his injuries and his parents say they're lucky it was only his wrestling season that was cut short and not his life.
Johnny Hunt, 16, says he's not sure why his older, larger teammate started punching him in the face during a bus ride home from a wrestling match.
"I hit the ground and blood was coming from everywhere -- my nose, this cut right here, my mouth," Hunt said. "My eye felt like it was going to come out. I couldn't shut it. That's how swollen it was."
Hunt says he actually lost consciousness.
"They were asking me questions that I couldn't really answer all the way," he said.
"When they got him to the ambulance and they were talking to him, he's 16 but he thought he was 13," said Hunt's mother, Disa Suber.
She is furious that the wrestling coach decided to continue driving more than 30 minutes back to the school rather than stopping at a hospital.
"He needed some help right then instead of driving all the way back up here," Suber said. "I told them, to me, it's the grace of God that Johnny's still here."
Suber says the school did have an ambulance waiting for her son and his coach gave him an ice pack along with some aspirin.
NewsChannel 36 tried to ask the school's principal why the coach did not stop the trip after the assault, but the school is unable to comment about ongoing investigations.
The principal says, as of now, they have found no wrongdoing.
A Rutherford County sheriff's deputy says a warrant for assault inflicting serious injury has been issued for the 18-year-old accused of injuring Hunt.
The accused teen's mother told NewsChannel 36 on the phone that she did not want to comment about the accusations against her son.
Since the alleged assault happened within Shelby city limits, the Shelby Police Department is still investigating the charges.