Officers arrest 12 students at Alabama high school over fight supposedly about “Beats By Dr. Dre” headphones. The school is nearly 60% black. I couldn’t get the link to post properly (I am using my iPhone), so here is the article in its entirety. I am sure you can find the link using Google.
Officers arrest 12 students for school fight
By Melynda Sides
Tuscaloosa police say 12 students were arrested for getting into a fight in the Northridge High School gym Monday morning.
The fight broke out between two students around 7:45 a.m., then five more students on each side got involved, according to Sgt. Brent Blankenly.
“Officers were told the fight was over an alleged theft that occurred the previous week,” Blankenly said. Some students told FOX6 they believed the fight was over a pair of “Beats by Dre” headphones.
School resource officers arrested 11 juveniles and one adult on misdemeanor charges of starting a riot. The students have been suspended and could face other disciplinary actions.
One of the students involved in the fight suffered minor injuries, possibly including a broken nose. Blankenly said the juveniles charged in the fight were released at the front desk of the police department on an appearance agreement.
Sorry, my cell phone is making it impossible to put usable links, but here’s a story about a black mother who encouraged a fight between high school students who has turned herself in to authorities. There is also a news video if you find this website:
Reported by Carter Coyle, WRDW-TV 12
UPDATE: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. — News 12 has just confirmed Laura Leeh Davis turned herself in. She is charged with disrupting public school, reckless conduct, simple battery, simple assault and criminal trespass.
UPDATE: Friday, April 27, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. — As of a week after the incident, Chief Clayton says the woman has still not been located or arrested. He says she quit her job and is on the run. He encourages anyone with contact with Davis to pass along that information to law enforcement.
Initial report: Friday, April 20, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Officers are still searching for a Richmond County mother accused of helping her daughter beat up a high school girl. The fight happened last Tuesday April 17 at Richmond Academy.
Thanks to video evidence, officers believe they have proof a woman named Laura Leeh Davis was right in the middle of it all.
The Board of Education chief could not provide the mother’s name, but multiple officials in the Clerk’s Office and Solicitor’s Office confirmed the four warrants issued by the BOE School Safety Office are for Laura Leeh Davis. Copies of the warrants are not available yet because she has not been located or served.
School Safety and Security Chief Patrick Clayton explains oftentimes with school fights, it’s one kid’s word against another. But in this particular case, a student’s phone captured the whole thing.
At first, you see an older woman in a brown dress talking to a group of teenagers outside of Richmond Academy. She mentions an incident during spring break, and then encourages her daughter to walk away.
“So just let that go. Come on,” she says before walking away.
But the situation escalates quickly when other students start egging on a fight.
Several shout, “Beat her, beat her, beat her.”
A young man jumps up and down and yells, “She says she’s gonna hit you. Ooh!”
The woman’s daughter moves in when another young girl has her back turned. She beats the girl with her hands and fists. The second girl twists around and begins to fight back.
The two struggle and fall to the ground next to the steps outside the school. The mother comes back into the picture and grabs the smaller girl, ripping off her blue undershirt.
In the video, you hear the mother chanting, “Beat her ***. Beat her ***, beat her ***. Beat her ***. Don’t nobody touch her. Beat her ***, K. Beat her f***** ***.”
Other students are circling around the two girls, shouting and cussing.
The mother screams, “Nobody touch her. Nobody. Get her, K. Get her K. Beat her ***.”
The fighting continues until a school coach runs in to break the two girls apart.
He shouts, “Hey! Get off her, get off of her. Let go.”
Demika Givens is the mother of the girl who was beaten. As she watches the video on her home computer, Givens says she is disgusted any adult would act like this.
“I tell my kids all the time — any thing that happens to you, I’m gonna protect you. And when I see that video, I just feel helpless,” she said.
Shaking her head, Givens adds, “[The other girl's] mom is not being a mediator. She’s being a cheerleader.”
Clayton says they’ve been investigating the fight since Tuesday.
“As a parent and as a law enforcement officer, it’s disturbing to see something like this. It’s pretty egregious. This sort of behavior will not be tolerated in Richmond County schools,” he said.
Warrants are filed against the mother involved for criminal trespass, disruption of schools, reckless conduct and simple assault.
“We’re hoping we’ll get her in custody very shortly and start the judicial process,” Clayton said.
Givens says it’s hard to be patient while they wait for an update on the case.
“They tell me, ‘Don’t worry about it. We’ll catch her.’ But when? My daughter doesn’t feel protected. My daughter is afraid of that lady!”
Givens says at first, both teenage girls were suspended for 10 days, but after the video surfaced, her daughter was allowed back to school.
“For you to touch someone else’s child? You have a problem. And you need to be locked up,” Givens said.’
Her daughter had bumps and bruising on her head and a sore neck but is doing OK overall.
Clayton says there is always an officer and administrators after school at Richmond Academy. In this case, a teacher got there within a minute to break up the fight.
East Bay News
School beefs up security after campus brawl
Friday, December 11, 2009
RICHMOND, CA (KGO) — There are extra police are on campus at De Anza High School in Richmond Friday after a massive fight involving an estimated 60 students.
The brawl began around 1:30 p.m. Thursday and officials quickly locked the school down.
Police arrested 11 students and charged them with fighting on campus; some will also face charges of assaulting campus security.
Investigators say it is still unclear exactly how the fight began, but ABC7 media partner The Contra Costa Times reports that it started when a black student approached a Hispanic student and told him his gang was no longer welcome on campus.