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5 arrested in assault on student

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police have arrested five people on aggravated battery charges in connection with an assault that sent a Collins Hill High School student to the hospital to get 17 staples in his head.

Joo Woo of Lawrenceville, Taylor Patton Hulme of Duluth, Blake Anthony Pennington of Suwanee and Caleb Aaron Pillow of Duluth were each booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a charge of aggravated battery and released on an $11,100 bond.

Pennington and Pillow are seniors at Peachtree Ridge High School, said Jorge Quintana, spokesman for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Woo is not enrolled in the school system, and it is unclear if Hulme is a Gwinnett County Public Schools student.

A 17-year-old girl, who was 16 at the time of the March 10 attack, was arrested and taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center, police Cpl. R.B. Rude said.

Joshua Sneed, the 16-year-old football player injured in the attack, said he likes that the police department has made progress in the case.

"I hope we have a really fast trial, and the whole incident will be resolved quickly," he said.

Sneed said he had the staples removed Monday, and he is recovering from his injuries. Sneed said he was punched, kicked and pistol-whipped by a group of teens who ambushed him after a girl invited him over to a friend's house.

The attack took place at 1936 Suwanee Valley Road in Lawrenceville, according to a police report.

Although the school system is aware of the incident, Quintana said school officials are letting "the appropriate law enforcement officials" investigate the case.

"This event happened off campus," Quintana said. "Therefore it is not a school matter."

Sneed said he took a few days off from school to recover, but he has returned to classes.

"Everyone's been really supportive," Sneed said. "Nobody wants this kind of stuff to happen."