Eleven high school students were arrested after a fight between dozens of students broke out at Northeast High School in Oakland Park in Broward County, Florida. All the students arrested were juveniles. The students were arrested on charges including disruption of a school function and battery; they were taken to Broward’s Juvenile Assessment Center after their arrest. According to Marsy Smith, district spokeswoman, the fight broke out in a hallway near the cafeteria of the school around 9:20 a.m. The scuffle appeared to be over a cell phone. The school was not placed on lockdown and continued its regular schedule. Although the school did not comment on the incident, Smith stated the students will likely afce a 10-day school suspension. According to an article in the Miami Herald, this is not the first fight that resulted in students being arrested. In 2009, four people were arrested after students got into a fight at Charles Drew Middle School in Miami-Dade. Two adults and two students were arrested. In 2008, a lunchtime brawl broke out at Edison High School, also in Miami-Dadge, which lead to the arrest of 24 students. Also in 2008, seven students were arrested after a fight broke out outside of Dillard High School for the Performing Arts. There were not injuries or weapons involved in the most recent fight at Northeast High School. To read more on this story please see High school students arrested after fight breaks out at Northeast High School.
Luckily no one was injured in this school fight. The students arrested in this fight will not only face consequences academically, but also criminally. Victims of fighting or other types of battery have a right to go after their batterer for the harm inflicted upon them and the personal injuries they sustained.