A Lantana teenager is recovering at home after seven other teenagers ganged up on him during a game of pickup basketball on Tuesday night.
Copeland Farr, 18, was playing basketball at the Lantana South Community Center with his 15-year-old brother, Scotland, and two other 15-year-old boys, when a group of teenagers they had never seen before showed up, said Sabrina Farr, Copeland and Scotland’s mother.
The Lantana kids and the other group — who are believed to be Lewisville High School students — began playing basketball together. At one point, Scotland told one of the other kids, “Great defense.” Though he meant it genuinely, apparently it came across as sarcastic.
“The other kid started cussing him out and saying, ‘You wanna fight?'” Sabrina Farr said.
Copeland stepped in front of his younger brother and pushed the other boy, Sabrina said, That prompted the seven unknown teenagers to attack. They chased Copeland down and ganged up on him, seven against one.
Copeland received lacerations to the face, a broken nose and will likely need surgery on his arm, Sabrina said.
Captain Orlando Hinojosa, a Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said law enforcement was called about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday to the incident. He confirmed that a group of seven or eight teenagers allegedly ganged up on the victim, and that they are believed to be Lewisville High School students. They fled before authorities arrived. Deputies are still investigating the fight.
Copeland is a “tough kid” who is trained in mixed martial arts, Sabrina said, and that helped him escape without even more severe injuries.
“In a way, I’m glad he was there to protect the three 15-year-old boys,” Sabrina Farr said. “[The other kids] were looking for a fight. That’s not normal aggression.”