Charges filed in two school brawls

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against six students involved in two separate brawls at Strasburg High School during the first week of the school year.

The first fight occurred shortly after noon Aug. 8 in the school’s old gymnasium, two days into the new school year.

Video obtained by the Northern Virginia Daily showed three teenaged girls, ages 17, 16 and 15, assaulting another girl by punching her around the head while other students watched.

The three girls were charged with misdeamor disorderly conduct and a felony charge of assault by mob, said Sheriff’s Office Maj. Scott Proctor.

The second fight took place a day later in a crowded school hallway as students were walking to class.

Two 16-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy were charged with disorderly conduct, all misdemeanor charges, according to Shenandoah County Sheriff’s office.

Two videos, from different angles, show a group of students walking down the hallway when a punch is thrown. A boy is seen throwing another boy against the wall and punching him as two other boys join in.

Soon the boys are on the ground, wrestling and throwing punches.

A woman in the middle of the chaos falls to the ground, keeping hold of her coffee cup, and it appears a male adult in the middle of the crowd is trying to stop the fight.

Both incidents stemmed from social media comments made over the summer, said schools Superintendent Mark Johnston.  He confirmed that the division had disciplined the students.

Johnston would not detail what the discipline was but said it followed school policy on student discipline.

The school’s student conduct policy states that unlawful acts that involve police notification may lead to suspension from classes, exclusion from activities or expulsion.