BASTROP, Texas -- Nearly 100 students walked out of class at Cedar Creek High School on Friday in support of a fellow student, who is in the hospital after a school resource officer tased him on Wednesday.
17-year-old Noe Nino de Rivera is still in a coma.
Outside the school on Friday morning, students filled the front lawn carrying signs and chanting.
"Justice! Justice!" they yelled.
They held hands in a circle as teachers and staff stood by, allowing the students to show support for their fellow classmate.
The Bastrop County Sheriff's office said school staff quickly broke up a fight between two girls in the school hallway Wednesday, but de Rivera stepped in anyway.
"Our officers were speaking to them and a male student approached in an aggressive manner. At that time the other officer is asking him to stand down, back up, quit interfering," spokesperson Sissy Jones explained.
Jones said deputies Randy McMillan and Timothy Stalcup tried to handcuff de Rivera unsuccessfully.
"That's when he resisted completely and was fighting off the officers. Through the altercation, the officer ended up tasing him," she said.
He fell to the floor and hit his head and is now in a coma.
If and when he recovers, de Rivera could face charges including resisting arrest, assault and interfering with public duties.
"They're completely lying, they're completely lying because they're very worried about this officer being indicted for a criminal charge, which he should be," said attorney Adam Loewy, who is representing the family.
Loewy claimed cell phone video tells a different story, but couldn't show it to KVUE.
"Noe was being a good Samaritan, a good citizen, he broke up the fight. Then there was some stoppage to everything, and he was standing there. You see these police officers go up to him and tase him," Loewy said.
"If you're not there, you really can't say. I'm sure that officer had really good reason," said parent Patricia Bloodworth Nevelle.
Nevelle said she trusts the district to get to the bottom of it.
"I find it hard to believe that an officer of that standing would ever do anything that he didn't have to actually do. If you're not there you really can't judge," she said.
Friends said they just hope and pray de Rivera comes back to class soon.
Deputy McMillan has been temporarily reassigned to patrol duty.
The principal of Cedar Creek High School sent a letter home to parents about Friday's walk-out. It said in part, "While BISD understands and appreciates students' constitutional rights to exercise their freedom of speech and assembly, those students who left campus without permission and became disruptive will be administered the appropriate consequences."
The letter also asked parents to talk with their children about everything that happened on campus this week.
To see the full text of the letter from Principal Adelaida Olivares, go here.