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Photo of Preston Hodge in the hospital. (credit: Jeff Rust/Facebook)

Photo of Preston Hodge in the hospital. (credit: Jeff Rust/Facebook)

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ENID, Okla. (CBS Houston) — A teenager is back home from the hospital after a violent dodge ball fight left him unconscious.

Preston Hodge, 14, underwent surgery for broken cheek bones after a fight erupted following a dodge ball game at Enid Middle School.

An Enid police report states that Hodge and another boy got into a fight after they bumped into each other Tuesday. Police say Hodge made a comment to the boy and that’s when the boy began repeatedly punching Hodge in the face, breaking his cheek bone and leaving him unconscious for a minute.

The boy stopped only when he heard someone say to “quit hitting” Hodge, according to police.

Hodge was taken to Bass Hospital where he underwent surgery Wednesday. He was released from the hospital late Thursday.

Jeff Rust, a family friend, told CBS Houston that he posted the picture of a beaten Hodge to show that bullying should not be tolerated in the school district.

“In my eyes, if people don’t see it, you don’t know what’s going on in our school system,” Rust said. “A picture’s worth a thousand words.”

Rust added that he is helping to raise money to pay for the child’s medical expenses.

Dana Gray, Hodge’s mother, wants justice brought against the student that beat her son.

“These kids these days need to be held accountable for what they do,” Gray told KOCO-TV.

Amber Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for Enid Public Schools, told CBS Houston that legal charges against the boy are pending.

CBS Houston has reached out to Dana Gray for comment.

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