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Thursday, October 7th, 2010 -- 11:43 AM

A 16-year-old Neillsville High School student was badly beaten Tuesday.

According to police reports, two 16-year-old boys got in a fight in a high school hallway after lunch on Tuesday afternoon.

One of the boys was beaten so badly, he had to be airlifted to St. Joseph?s Hospital in Marshfield. He?s now listed in ?good? condition.

Neillsville superintendent John Gaier says staff tried to break up the fight as quickly as possible.

"Once staff was alerted, the hall monitors got to the spot. It did not last very long. Only one of the students threw a punch, from the investigation we've been hearing," Gaier says. "All of (the information) has been turned over to the police department, and they're dealing with that."

Police says they?ll likely recommend felony battery charges against the aggressor. The case will start as a juvenile matter, but could be waived to adult court, due to the severity of the victim?s injuries.

This incident comes just months after another fight in March that sent a 15-year-old boy to the hospital. Gaier says it?s difficult to say if a trend is emerging.

"That's really hard to say. I would say we usually have one fight a year, possibly. The reasons they occur are various," Gaier notes.

School officials plan to wait until the investigation is complete before deciding if they?ll pursue any expulsions.

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