PONCHTOULA — The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms three separate fights at Ponchatoula High School, all before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Tangipahoa Sheriff’s deputies were initially alerted to a fight involving six female students at the high school before 8 a.m.
Before any school staff or deputies could intervene though, TPSO says the students’ parents removed them from the school campus and moved to a gas station down the road. Patrol deputies riding through the area came upon the fight at the gas station, where both the students and their parents were reportedly all fighting. The deputies were able to get the incident under control without further incident.
The second incident involved a male student who was being disorderly in the classroom. During the incident, a student reportedly hit at least one teacher. The student was taken into custody and transported to Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center. His sister was also issued a juvenile citation and released. Because the two charged are juveniles, their identities will not be released.
The third incident was a two-against-one fight, and the Ponchatoula High School faculty was able to quickly gain control of the situation without needing deputies.
TPSO Sheriff Daniel Edwards said, “Because all three incidents occurred back-to-back and the first occurred both on campus and off campus, the process of interviewing the individuals involved and the reviewing of school security cameras is still in progress. Once all the details are clear, additional charges will be sought for those involved.”
Anyone with information related to these fights, including cell phone video, is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 985-345-6160. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa’s anonymous tip line at 1.800.554.5245 or visit www.tangicrimestoppers.com and click on the P3 Tips icon or submit a tip.