12 Southwood High School students taken into custody after gang-related fights
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Twelve Southwood High School students were taken into police custody after two gang-related fights broke out on campus, according to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The first fight happened in the school’s breezeway at around 12:58 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. The school resource officer (SRO) arrested eight boys in that fight and called the sheriff’s office to assist with the incident.
Seven other deputies responded about an hour later and another fight broke out. Four girls were arrested and a bystander was taken to the hospital.
All 12 teens were charged with disturbing the peace by fighting and one of them was charged with battery. All will be released to their guardians.
The day after the fight, Caddo Parish Public Schools responded to KSLA’s request for clarification about the district’s disciplinary policies. The district’s statement reads:
“The district follows Caddo Parish School Board policy for fights and any other disciplinary offense. The policy breaks down the consequences based on the number of times the student has committed the offense and the age of the student as well as any applicable state laws. As for the arrests from the Sheriff’s office, that’s a separate matter from district disciplinary policy meaning that a student can be arrested or given a summons for an offense but that is separate from any disciplinary action at the school level and is not a part of the school’s process.
With that being said, each case is different based on circumstances and where each student is regarding Board policy based on what I indicated above so it makes each students’ case unique and state law prohibits the district from discussing an individual student or group of students’ consequences.”
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