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5 arrested in Decatur high school brawl involving up to 200 people

5 arrested in Decatur high school brawl involving up to 200 people

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DECATUR -- Five Eisenhower High School students were arrested outside the school Wednesday afternoon, after a 17-year-old woman allegedly shoved an assistant principal who was trying to break up a fight, and other teens allegedly charged at a police officer.

According to reports by Decatur police officers, at 2:58 p.m. Wednesday there were 150 to 200 young people on 16th Street, "assaulting each other and fighting."

There were several police officers on the scene "trying to quell the mob," but "the persons that made up the mob ignored police commands and continued to fight."

The five students have been suspended from school and will be recommended to the school board for expulsion, said Debbie Alexander, spokeswoman for the Decatur School District. She said three of the students transferred into the district March 4.

Alexander said the incident began when two groups of female students argued in the school parking lot, immediately after school was dismissed for the day.

"The incident will be fully investigated as we do not tolerate nor condone behavior such as this from our students," Eisenhower Principal April Hicklin said.

Decatur police Sgt. Jason Walker said two school employees reportedly were shoved or battered. He said there is a possibility more young people will be arrested.

One of the teens accused of charging at the officer, a 14-year-old male, was later arrested on weapons charges when he was found wearing a set of metal knuckles.

The student who shoved the assistant principal was booked into the Macon County Jail on preliminary felony charges of aggravated battery, before she was released on $10,000 bond. She had just completed her 12-month supervision Tuesday for a 2009 burglary conviction in Macon County.

According to a sworn statement by a police officer, the 17-year-old was told by the assistant principal that she is an adult and she should stop fighting. Her response was to push the assistant principal again and continue fighting.

Another 17-year-old woman was booked on preliminary felony charges of mob action. She was released on a $5,000 recognizance bond.

That woman was arrested after she ran toward a police officer in a threatening manner, which made the officer believe he was about to be battered, according to his sworn statement. He used his pepper spray to cause her to retreat.

The other teens arrested were a 15-year-old female, on charges of aggravated battery, felony mob action and resisting arrest, and a 16-year-old male, on charges of aggravated assault. The 14-year-old male also was charged with felony mob action, aggravated battery and resisting arrest.

Those three younger students were petitioned to appear in juvenile court and released to their parents.


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