Jan 19, 2011 6:48 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Ten Arrested at Northside High for Fighting

Several Northside High Students are suspended from school following a major fight on campus. In total ten girls were arrested. All were charged with disturbing the peace and one is charged with two counts of simple battery.
Nine of the students were released to their parents and another was booked into jail.
A few teachers, the principal and an officer were all there to break up the fight. School resource officer, Corporal Ed Washington, says he's knows exactly how to handle fights on school grounds.
Washington said, "often times it's just to separate the main aggressor, once you remove that person from the fight, then generally the fight is ended at that point."
That's how he approached yesterday's fight, which apparently all started over Facebook.
The fight broke out as hundreds of students were waiting outside the gym for the school bell to ring. Officials say it started with two students and then quickly escalated.
"Students who initially tried to stop the fight may have been looked upon as maybe starting the fight and it kind of grew from there, " Washington said.
All ten girls aren't sharing the same punishment.
Lafayette Parish Director of Schools, Janet Hiatt, said "we don't automatically recommend for expulsion, we also don't automatically arrest."
Washington added, "the school system does have something to deal with students who are fighting, usually a criminal investigation would start only if there's a major injury or a large number of students who are fighting or something that is reoccurring."
The main aggressor is being charged with two counts of simple battery because the principal was knocked to the ground during the fight. School officials won't release any details about what exactly was said over Facebook that sparked the fight.


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