ST. CLOUD — Nine students ranging in age from 15 to 17 could face criminal charges for their involvement in a Jan. 23 fight at Tech High School.
No arrests were made at the time of the fight, but investigative reports have been sent to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office for review of potential charges, according to St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton.
Staff intervened and separated multiple students near the building’s main entrance before police arrived, a previous release stated.
The initial investigation indicates the fight resulted from an ongoing dispute between two male students who initiated the fight.
No weapons were involved and no one involved required medical attention at the time of the initial response.
On Tuesday, Superintendent Willie Jett said six of the students who faced possible expulsion have voluntarily withdrawn from the district. Discipline for the other students involved is pending the investigation’s outcome.
All students known to be involved have been removed from school.
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In September, police responded to a large fight at Tech after two students started a fight, which led to other additional fights in different hallways.
After the Sept. 25 fight, five students were charged with felonies and 14 with gross misdemeanors.
The district expelled one student and the remaining 18 students who faced expulsion voluntarily withdrew from the district. All 19 students were banned from school grounds for 12 months.
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Jenny Berg is the cities and schools reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach her at 320-259-3680 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @bergjenny.
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