FROM STAFF REPORTS
Three staff members at Statesville High School were injured while trying to break up a large fight inside the school on Friday morning.
Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Jeff James said numerous students will face criminal charges and long-term suspensions as a result of their involvement in the altercation.
All Statesville High students were sent home for the day after the fight “to ensure campus safety,” James said.
Statesville Police Chief David Onley told Iredell Free News that about 15 officers, including members of the command staff, responded to the school between 9:30 and 10 a.m. to assist school staff and the on-campus resource officers after the fight began.
The superintendent said three staff members sustained minor injuries while trying to break up the fight.
The students who were involved — most of whom were female students — were finally separated and moved into separate areas, Onley said.
The fight was captured on video.
Following an investigation by the SPD, nine juveniles are being charged with various offenses, including disorderly conduct, disorderly conduct by fighting, assault on school employees, communicating threats, simple assault and failure to disperse on command.
Charges vary for each juvenile based on their involvement in the incident, Onley said.
The superintendent said the district would hold all of the students who were involved accountable for their actions.
“All will be dealt with to the fullest extent of discipline and the law,” James said.
Contrary to some social media reports, there were no weapons involved in the altercation, Onley said.
The names of all individuals involved are were withheld by the SPD due to their status as juveniles.
This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3515.