MANASSAS PARK, Va. – Seven students were charged after a fight at a Virginia high school last week that was termed a “mob attack” by some parents, authorities said.
According to the Manassas Park Police Department, the fight, which occurred between classes on March 23 at Manassas Park High School, began when two students confronted one another in a hallway by the school’s library. Other students, who were walking between classes, were pulled into the skirmish, according to WUSA-TV.
The fight was caught on camera by several students, the television station reported.
Jessica Martinez, whose daughter attends the school, told WJLA-TV that “teachers were crying, being trampled on, (and) kids (were) jumping over the second-floor balcony to get away from the fight.”
“It was horrible,” Martinez told the television station.
School officials and the high school’s resource officer worked to break up the large fight and called police officers to help investigate the incident, WUSA reported.
Kara Grasser, the director of communications for Manassas Park City Schools, told the television station that all students involved in the fight were issued “disciplinary consequences.” Grasser added that seven students were charged in connection to the fight but did not elaborate on what the exact charges were.
Manassas Park Principal Charles Forres sent an email to parents the day after the fight, WJLA reported.
“We actively worked with them to issue disciplinary action for all involved students based on our Code of Conduct,” the email stated, according to WUSA. “I want the community to know that we are aware of this incident, and we are working to address those involved.”
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