MIAMI (CBS4)- The family of a Coral Reef High School student is speaking out following a basketball brawl that landed their teenage boy in intensive care.

Christopher Lardner’s jaw is wired shut after he was involved in a fight after a basketball game at Coral Reef High School last Wednesday.

Lardner, 17, has a broken jaw, a broken nose and his eyes were swollen shut.

On Tuesday, CBS4 News spoke with his parents. His father Edward Lardner said he wants answers.

“Why did you keep hitting him?” he asked. “I mean one more punch could’ve been the last one.”

Lardner’s sister Angela said on Wednesday night she said her brother attended a basketball game at school.

After the game, “the athletic director called us and told us that Christopher was being rushed to the hospital that there was a fight that broke out that Christopher got involved in and he got really hurt.”

Christopher Lardner's family submitted this photo showing him injured. (Source: Lardner family)

When her family arrived at Kendall Regional Medical Center, Angela said her younger brother was hardly recognizable.

“This is really hard, really, really hard because this is my brother and I don’t want to see him like this. I can’t even look at him really. It’s just really, really sad,” said Angela.

Two people were arrested in connection with the beating.

Their identities have not been released.

Lardner left Kendall Regional Medical Center and is at home recovering with his family.

Comments (4)
  1. Douglas Fellenz says:

    betting this was another racist attack

  2. abootnkiki says:

    just wondering if his earrings are stil on under all that gauze?

  3. ConcernedCitizen says:

    We talk about how important it is to have extracuricular activities in school, yet we see things like this. I feel for the young man and his family. This type of violence in senseless. The only answer is to put armed guards at all entrances and herd people around like convicts, because this is just what someone who would do this should be.

    1. FrankM says:

      Rambling response CC… No, the answer is not armed guards… Part of the answer is swift judgement and serious consequences for bad/criminal behavior. Naming juveniles is also part of the answer. Too many ‘under age’ perpetrators of crime get off lightly. Financial restitution also plays a vital role in the ‘answer’. Assigning some responsibility to parents or guardians is also part of this scenario.