Students, officers involved in scuffle at high school pep rally

    4:21 PM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
    J.A. Fair High School. (Photo: Phil Buck, THV11)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock police responded to a scuffle that involved two officers at J.A. Fair High School Friday afternoon.

    Exactly what led to the altercation is unclear.

    Sgt. Cassandra Davis with Little Rock Police Dept. said the school was having a pep rally when a security guard approached a student, telling him to take his hat off. The student reportedly refused and the two got into a scuffle, causing the security guard to fall backward and hit his head. The security guard suffered a concussion as a result of the incident.

    As a truancy officer went to assist the security guard, a student hit him; Davis does not know if that student was the same one who was wearing the hat or if it was another student.

    Pam Smith with Little Rock School District said four students were fighting at the 3 p.m. pep rally when the security guard approached them to break it up; then the guard fell and hit his head. The truancy officer was apparently also involved in stopping the fight, but Smith could not comment on his role or whether he was injured.

    Davis said several students were taken into custody, but could not say whether any face charges.

    "The students involved in the altercation will be disciplined according to the handbook and according to law," Smith said.

    Another altercation, involving two students, occurred on a district school bus later in the day.

    Smith said they will be disciplined as well, adding, "The incidents are under investigation, and it is our commitment to ensure the safety of students and faculty on a regular basis."


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