WILLIAMSBURG, KY — Republican state Rep. Dewayne Bunch was taken to the hospital after suffering a critical head injury while trying to break up a fight at the school he has taught at for the last 17 years.

A 15-year-old and 16-year-old were fighting in the Whitley County High School cafeteria Teusday morning when Bunch, a math and science teacher at the school, ran over to intervene. He also ran into a punch that knocked him to the ground where he hit his head, causing him to suffer a severe head injury.

“The juveniles were fighting. Mr. Bunch and two of the other teachers went to break it up. Mr. Bunch ran over to it, ran into a punch that one of the juveniles was throwing, made (Bunch) bobble backwards, hit the floor and he’s been unconscious ever since. He got himself between two young men fighting.” Whitley Sheriff Colan Harrell said.

When paramedics arrived, Bunch was unresponsive and bleeding from the ears. Emergency responders performed a tracheotomy procedure on Bunch before taking him to Baptist Regional Medical Center in extremely critical condition, then transferred to University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The two students involved in the fight, which was reportedly caught on video, were taken into custody and face first-degree and third-degree assault charges.

I hope he pulls through. It was just a week ago when Bunch was honored at the University of the Cumberlands’ Excellence in Leadership event where he was given the Leadership in a Free and Strong America Award. The newly elected state lawmaker expressed his excitement over his new role on his Facebook page. Stories like this are extremely sobering. One minute you are on top of the world, then (*snaps fingers*) gone. Just like that.

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