Southern University police arrest 12 in March 31 campus brawl _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The entrance to Southern University's campus in Baton Rouge on Harding Boulevard, photographed Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. In the background is A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern University police have arrested 11 students and one nonstudent in a brawl that occurred near campus dormitories campus on March 31.

Although no one was seriously hurt in the fight, video from cellphones show at least one person pointing what looked like a gun into the air and firing it while others were fighting or trying to break up fights.

The 11 students were arrested on counts of disturbing the peace by fighting, and the non-student was arrested on disturbing the peace by fighting and trespassing, said Ed Pratt, a spokesman for the university.

The arrests were made over a period of time with some done before spring break and some later, Pratt said.

Because the counts against the students are misdemeanors, each was handed a summons for a court date but not taken to parish prison, he said. The nonstudent was booked into parish prison, he said.

It’s unclear if there will be more arrests made in the incident.

“We’re trying to find the person who fired the shots on the video, but the video quality is not very good,” Pratt said. The Southern University Police Department is sending the video to the FBI to see if it can get a clearer picture.

“This type of behavior is not tolerated at Southern University,” Pratt said. “It’s not tolerated by Southern University students or their guests.”

In addition to the court summonses, the 11 students arrested were brought before a disciplinary council on campus and faced consequences of fines, suspension or expulsion, Pratt said. He said he couldn’t name the students or be specific about the penalties each faced.

So far, Pratt said, there isn’t much information about what prompted the brawl.

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