BATON ROUGE - The "knockout" game is responsible for injuring two East Baton Rouge students on Friday, according to school leaders.
Officials with East Baton Rouge Schools said these two cases were random acts of violence and match the description for the knockout game, in which someone tries to knock an unsuspecting victim out with a single sucker punch, often while another person films the attack to show to others.
They both happened at the bus transfer station on North Sherwood Forest Boulevard: one incident in the morning, the other in the afternoon.
"We think that these incidents are related to the knockout fad that seems to be going across the country," said Keith Bromery, spokesman for EBR Schools.
Two juvenile students were arrested for the attacks. The victims were a 13-year-old from Scotlandville Middle and a 12-year-old from Sherwood Middle.
Officials were able to find out who threw the punch by interviewing witnesses. But additional precautions are being made including more supervision at the bus transfer location by personnel and by surveillance cameras.
"Assigning more (sheriff's) deputies and security personnel and an administrator for every school that has a student coming through the transfer point," Bromery said. "A show of force."
Officials said one victim is being monitored for a possible concussion.
School officials said both suspects are in juvenile detention and their identities could not be released because of their age. They could face suspension or expulsion from school.