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ATTORNEY: student was defending himself by throwing hot coffee

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Crestwood, Ky. (WDRB) -- A South Oldham high school student was hospitalized after another student threw hot coffee on him. It was coffee so hot that a picture shows how it scalded the student's neck.

Oldham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Will Wells says both students have been disciplined, but wouldn't elaborate.  

The principal says it happened in the cafeteria last week. The burned student was taken to the hospital by ambulance with severe burns to his neck. 

Oldham County Schools Assistant Superintendent Dan Orman says a fight between this student and another male student in the school cafeteria led to the other student throwing the hot coffee.  It came from the school's coffee bar, which is manned by a food services worker.

Orman says, "My heart goes out to the student whatever the perceived purpose, my heart goes out to any student like that."

Orman says the school is investigating this case as bullying. Orman says, "We like to assume that is and work backwards from there."

The district says the student who was burned was released from the hospital the same day.

The district believes this could be the only incident of its kind in the state.

The attorney for the boy accused of throwing the coffee tells WDRB that he was provoked and allegedly threw the coffee to defend himself and other people who have been bullied.

Orman says, "If in fact, a parent suspects a child of being a bullying victim or bullying perpetrator to contact the child's school immediately. We're very focused on making sure we intervene immediately to stop the practice."

Oldham County Police are also investigating the incident.

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