A student at Imagine South Lake Charter School who said he had been bullied for being a male cheerleader was arrested Thursday after allegedly knocking another student unconscious, according to Clermont police.
The victim suffered a seizure and was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for a head injury. He was later released.
The suspect, who was not identified, was taken into custody by Clermont police and released to his parents but was placed on home detention. He was directed to report to the Department of Juvenile Justice Probation on Friday.
The incident occurred on the physical education field at the Hartwood Marsh Road school and was reported Thursday afternoon.
According to police, the victim had thrown a shirt at the suspect while he was running on the playground, striking him in the face. Capt. Michael McMaster said the suspect admitted to picking up the victim and throwing him to the ground on his head and shoulder.
The victim was knocked unconscious and began to have a seizure.
McMaster said the suspect claims he has had to endure name-calling because he is a male cheerleader. However, it was not immediately clear if the victim in this incident had bullied him.
The suspect also told police he had a physical altercation with another student who called him a derogatory name in January.