BATON ROUGE, La. — A fight involving 200 students and parents broke out around 8:15 am at Brookstown Middle Magnet School in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, March 8th leaving a responding police officer seriously injured. That’s off of Airline Hwy. on Brookstown Dr. between Evangeline St. & Mohican-Prescott Crossover.
The EBR School Board Security responded to a call for a “major campus disturbance involving multiple students and parents fighting in the courtyard outside of the gym.”
“Investigators say a fight between two female students escalated to include many more students and non-student adults who apparently arrived on campus after receiving text messages about the initial situation from people on site. Officers broke up the altercations, making 12 arrests on a range of charges as of Wednesday afternoon,” a statement read from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
Dozens of law enforcement officials had to respond to the school due to the size of the fight. In fact, sources said “the entire school” was fighting over what started as “girls beefing.” The initial responding agency had to ask for “parish-wide” assistance from others including the Baton Rouge Police Dept., sources confirmed to Unfiltered with Kiran.
The school is considered an EBR Readiness School, meaning it’s where students go after they have been expelled from their enrolled school.
A Baton Rouge Police Officer suffered serious injuries including a broken hip and cuts to his head after responding to the scene. EMS said one student had minor injuries.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged eight individuals:
- One 17-year-old male charged with battery on a police officer, disturbing the peace with force/violence and resisting arrest
- Five 16 and 17-yr-olds charged with disturbing the peace by fistic encounter
- One 18-year-old female charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school and resisting arrest
- One 17-year-old female charged with disturbing the peace and resisting arrest
Baton Rouge Police arrested two teenagers:
- One 17-year-old male charged with second-degree battery of a police officer
- One 15-year-old male charged with aggravated battery of a police officer
“We intend to work closely with our law enforcement partners to not only elevate our security measures proactively, but to provide the staff and resources to intervene in the areas at the root causes of unacceptable activities such as those that occurred today,” said EBPSS Superintendent Sito Narcise. “Learning of a situation like this is beyond disturbing to the entire community, but we will be vigilant in continuing to work with our school leaders, community partners and law enforcement to provide the services needed.
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The building used to house Brookstown Middle. The school closed several years ago. EBR Readiness High School is now in that building. It is basically a detention center.