Two students were injured and 17 will be charged after a large fight today at Renaissance Academy, said Lt. Max Hayden of the Virginia Beach Police Department.
The two students who were hurt were treated for facial injuries and were treated at the school by paramedics, Hayden said.
Twelve of the students, all juveniles, will be charged with either assault or disorderly conduct, Hayden said. Their names will not be released because they are juveniles. Five of the students involved are adults who will be charged with disorderly conduct.
No officers or staff members of the school were injured, Hayden said. One school division employee suffered minor injuries and one student will be charged in connection with that injury, Hayden added.
The incident began about 12:35 p.m. with a fight between several students, then escalated when security guards and the school’s resource officer tried to break it up, Hayden said. When the police officer used his radio to call for backup, other officers and supervisors who heard the broadcast went to the scene to help.
The school was locked down from 12:45 to 2 p.m., said Nancy Soscia, school division spokeswoman. Classroom doors were locked as well as doors leading to the outside of the building.
About 12 officers and supervisors went to the school to help break up the fight, Hayden said. Pepper spray was used to help regain control of the situation, Hayden added.
The school is located at 273 N. Witchduck Road. Soscia said that the school will have an increased police presence on Monday in response to the incident.
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