Clover HS student charged with attempted murder after fight

by: Ken Lemon Updated:

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CLOVER, S.C. —

A high school fight ended with a student being charged, according to officials.

No weapons were involved in Tuesday’s fight at Clover High School but the victim was hurt so badly, the student had to be hospitalized.

The suspect is a 16-year-old freshman and the victim is a 16-year-old junior, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff's Office said Arkiva Hunter was charged with attempted murder.

The sheriff’s office said it was an “ambush-style” attack and the victim did not know what happened. The victim got a severe head injury.

Officials said other kids knew the fight was going to happen and had their cellphones out to record it.

Students who know Hunter said they're surprised by the allegations.

"He's quiet-- not the type to bother anybody," Khadaigah Kendrick said.

Security cameras did not capture the attack.

The father of the victim, who asked not to be identified, said his son was planning to go to military college, and the injury could put that in jeopardy.

The father said the suspect did not know each other.

Officials at Clover High School said they believe it was part of a growing trend to record attacks and post them online. They said they seized phones as soon as they learned of the attack to keep it from being posted online.

School officials said students who knew the attack was going to happen may also be held responsible.

Students who know the victim wonder why anyone would want to hurt him.

"Cause he never did anything that I know of to anyone," Emily Sells.