Two freshmen are facing charges of affray after fighting in the school atrium shortly after classes were dismissed on Dec. 8.
According to the Gwinnett County School Police crime report, two female ninth grade students, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, “had a problem with each other.” An assistant principal placed one of the students in in-school suspension (ISS). The mother of that student was supposed to be at the school at 2 p.m., but did not arrive on time. When the school day ended at 2:10 p.m., the student was released from ISS.
Within a short period of time, the student who had been suspended located the other student in the school atrium. The suspended student allegedly challenged the other teen by saying, “What’s up?” At that point, the teens began fighting. Teachers arrived to separate the two females, both of whom blamed the other for starting the fight.
Because the fight took place in the atrium, which is heavily trafficked during the afternoon as students exit the building, dismissal was delayed. The investigating officer wrote, “During dismissal, [the atrium] normally contains hundreds of students, continuing their standard orderly flow to the buses outside. Because of the fight they were standing and gawking, delaying dismissal and slowing the response of adults to the fight.”
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video.
In addition to the affray charges, both students also face disciplinary action by the school district according to Jorge Quintana, Director of Media Relations for Gwinnett County Public Schools.