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Hospitalized teen charged with assault after fighting back against bullying

Hospitalized teen charged with assault after fighting back against bullying
Eric Martin was hospitalized for nine days following the September incident.

HENRICO, Va. — A Virginia teen is facing assault charges despite being brutally beaten in an altercation at his high school that left him hospitalized for nine days.

Eric Martin a student at Highland Springs High School in Henrico, Va., suffered a long list of injuries, including a head injury and a broken hand, according to his mother Mary Martin. “That’s not just a fight,” she said. “That’s a beating. That’s a vicious beating.”

But now, Eric must appear in court on two assault charges, reports WWBT-TV.

Eric’s mother admits Eric threw the first punch, but she says he was a victim of bullying. She says he is constantly being attacked with gay slurs. Details surrounding the incident that led to the beating have not been made publicly available.

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