Twelve students have been recommended for expulsion and two suspended following an after-school brawl in Scotlandville last Tuesday, a spokesman with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System said.
A mom walked into Scotlandville High Magnet School on Tuesday to inform administrators that tensions were rising in the neighborhood and that it might lead to fighting, Keith Bromery said. But as she was talking to school officials, a fracas involving several students began in area close to, but not on, the school campus.
Baton Rouge police issued misdemeanor summonses for disturbing the peace by fighting to two adults and three juveniles, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman. Police arrested one woman, Valencia Pope, 46, 1431 Fraternity St., Baton Rouge, on Friday on counts of contributing to the delinquency and disturbing the peace by fighting after seeing her involved in the fight in a video that surfaced.
She was released from Parish Prison after posting bail, online prison records show.
Bromery said even though the fight happened off-campus, the school system disciplined the students involved because school officials do not want any further incidents to happen at school.
“If you don’t do anything, it has the potential for something like that to happen in the school,” he said.
Bromery said the students were punished as soon as they were identified in the video.
The students will attend a superintendent’s academy, an alternative school for students with behavioral issues, until a discipline hearing can be held for each student.