Male cheerleader slammed, injured student at Clermont school, police say

Teen claims he's been victim of bullying


CLERMONT, Fla. – A male cheerleader who claims he's been the victim of bullying attacked a classmate Thursday at their Clermont school, knocking the boy unconscious and causing him to have a seizure, officials said.

The attack happened around 12:45 p.m. at Imagine South Lake Charter School at 2750 Hartwood Marsh Road.

According to Clermont police, a student threw a shirt at the cheerleader while running on a playground, striking him in the face.

The cheerleader told police that less than a minute later, he picked up the student who threw the shirt and threw him to the ground on his head and shoulder.  The student was knocked unconscious and began having a seizure, police said.

The student was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando and was released Thursday night, police said.

The student who was arrested said that he has been bullied and called names in the past because he's a cheerleader, according to police.  He did not, however, say that the teen who threw the shirt had bullied him, according to police.

Clermont police said the cheerleader also stated that he committed a similar act to another student in January after the cheerleader was was called a derogatory name.

The cheerleader was arrested but later was released to his parents and ordered to home detention, police said.

A school representative said the school cannot comment on the incident because of the legal nature of the case.  The school said it goes by the code of conduct of Lake County and will follow proper procedure.

No other details, including the ages of the students, were released.