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Edmond North High School fight investigation goes to juvenile court

EDMOND — An aggravated assault and battery charge is expected to be filed in juvenile court against an Edmond North High School sophomore in connection with a May 4 fight on the campus that was caught on cellphone video.

The video showed the victim, a senior student, being repeatedly hit in the face while students gathered around, some taking videos of the fight.

The assailant is seen trying to get the victim to fight. The victim refused and turns around while the assailant continues to provoke the fight, Edmond police reported.

Another student eventually stepped between the two students and broke up the fight.

The fight started after fourth hour as students walked back to the main school from the field house where a physical education class was temporarily being held while the gym was set up for testing, said Susan Parks Schlepp, Edmond Public Schools spokeswoman.

Information from the police investigation has been turned over to juvenile prosecutors, said Jennifer Wagnon, Edmond police spokeswoman. An officer reported prosecutors said the aggravated assault and battery charge would be filed.

Names of the assailant and the victim were not released by the school administration, juvenile court officials or the police.

The victim received a broken nose, swelling, bruising and cuts inside his mouth, police reported.

The fight apparently stemmed from an earlier comment the victim reportedly made about the assailant's mother, police reported.

School officials verified Thursday that both students are still enrolled in Edmond Public Schools. They refused to say if or what disciplinary action was taken against the students.

"Federal law prohibits us to discuss action taken by the district," Schlepp said.

The district's student behavioral policy prohibits fighting. School action can range from detention to long-term suspension, Schlepp said.

"Whether the fight was provoked or unprovoked, the cellphone video shows conduct that will not be tolerated," Schlepp said.

 

Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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