A student at Mount View Middle School suffered a broken jaw and lacerations after allegedly being assaulted in the school.

The incident occurred Tuesday, May 22, when the 14-year-old victim entered a locker room and was confronted by two boys who allegedly placed him in a chokehold and began assaulting him, the victim’s father said. He said his son suffered a broken jaw, which was wired shut Wednesday, May 23, and serious lacerations as a result of the assault.

The Republican Journal is not printing the name of the father to protect the identity of the victim.

“I don’t know if there was prior history between the boys, but I did hear the incident apparently happened over a girl who one of the boys liked,” the father said.

The victim’s father, who lives in R.I., said he speaks with his son frequently, but his son never mentioned any issues of bullying in the past.

“He’s a good boy. He does really well in school,” he said.

Regional School Unit 3 Superintendent Heather Perry confirmed an assault occurred at the middle school and said the students involved have been suspended. At this time, Perry said administration and law enforcement officials are still in the process of gathering information to determine why the incident occurred.

“We have a policy and process in place for when an incident like this occurs. The first thing is to make sure the victim’s needs are taken care of and that they are protected,” Perry said. “The next step is to figure out what happened and why it happened, and how to prevent a similar incident from occurring again.”

Perry said the incident at the middle school is not the first of its kind, and school officials are taking it very seriously. She said the alleged assault didn’t disrupt the school day significantly, but teachers and guidance counselors are aware of the situation and are available if students need to talk to someone.

“I’m sure students are aware of what happened in their own way,” Perry said.

The Maine State Police did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.