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9 students charged in Chesterfield high school brawl

Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-16 19:58:23-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Nine students were charged in connection to a fight inside Matoaca High School in Chesterfield County. The fight occurred Thursday afternoon at about 12:30, according to Chesterfield Police. Students recorded video of the fight, which was later posted on social media.

"It appears the fight began when one juvenile male student struck another juvenile male student," a Chesterfield Police spokeswoman said via email. "Several students were then involved in the incident. No one sustained serious injury, and there is no indication a knife was displayed during the fight."

Here is a breakdown of the charges:

  • Three 16-year-old male students charged with assault and disorderly conduct
  • Four students, a 16-year-old male, a 17-year-old female and two 17-year-old males charged with disorderly conduct
  • Two students, a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male charged with assault

"Extra officers were present at the school Friday, but there weren’t any issues," the police spokeswoman said.

The investigation into the fight was on-going, police said.

"We take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from disruption," Chesterfield Schools spokesman Shawn Smith said in a statement. "Students who violate student conduct regulations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion, and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution."

Smith cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for the reason why he could not discuss whether any disciplinary action has or has not been taken.