A juvenile was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault, harassment and disorderly conduct after a fight involving five students broke out Tuesday afternoon at Ashland High School.
One of the students involved suffered “facial injuries that were concerning” and was treated at Asante Ashland Community Hospital and released, according to Ashland deputy police chief Warren Hensman. The injured student along with three others were cited and released for fourth-degree assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.
Hensman said the students involved, including one good Samaritan who tried to break it up, ranged in ages from 16 to 18.
“It was over by the time we got there,” he said.
The police department currently does not have a school resources officer stationed at the high school, but that could change soon as the city council on April 4 gave unofficial approval for APD to begin the process of hiring five new officers, one of which will be a school resource officer.
Would an officer’s presence help cut down on school fights?
“Yes, I think it would,” Hensman said. “But kids fight; it does happen. Just because there’s a police officer on campus does not resolve all issues. Sometimes we make poor decisions in working out issues with one another and that’s exactly what happened here.”