It's the second violent attack in the school in six months.
What is going on at Deerfield Beach Middle School in Fla.?
First, a 15-year-old student was doused in alcohol and set on fire over a video-game dispute. He suffered second- and third-degree burns over two-thirds of his body.
Then, 15-year-old middle-school student Josie Lou Ratley was savagely beaten on campus over a text message.
"Right now she is really, really fighting for her life," her family attorney said.
The boy charged in Wednesday's beating, Wayne Treacy, 15, told investigators he was enraged by a text message in which the girl made a disparaging remark about his brother, who committed suicide five months ago, reports The Palm Beach Post. Treacy had never met Ratley in person before, but he was texting her 13-year-old friend on Ratley's phone.
Treacy punched Ratley, banged her head on the pavement and kicked and stomped on her head with steel-toe boots, said Sgt. Steve Feeley of the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
Ratley, an eighth grader at Deerfield Beach Middle School, remained hospitalized in critical condition Thursday night. Treacy, a ninth grader at Deerfield Beach High School, has been charged with attempted murder.
Is it just us, or does it seem like teens are getting more and more violent these days? It's beyond disturbing.
Ratley's mom has a message she wants to convey: "Don't let this story go by like everybody else does. Use it as a teachable moment. Tonight."