Juvenile intake officers issued a petition for one teenage girl after she allegedly shoved and kicked a school staff member on Sept. 10.
When two 14-year-old students started fighting in the gym, a school resource officer and school staff members tried to break up the fight, said Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.
“During this incident, one staff member was knocked down the bleachers and two other staff members were observed being shoved and kicked,” Proctor said.
Proctor said there were no injuries reported after the altercation and juvenile intake officers were contacted to determine whether they should file petitions for the students.
Proctor declined to comment on which staff member was knocked down the bleachers but did confirm it was a female staff member.
The juvenile intake officer issued petitions for one of the students for assault and battery, assault and battery on a school official and disorderly conduct. The other student involved in the fight was placed in diversion, Proctor said.
According to the Office of the Attorney General in Virginia, diversion is an alternative to filing a formal complaint or petition, leading the juvenile to participate in an educational program rather than appearing in court and facing charges.
According to Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager, videos of the fight circulated on social media and Strasburg police were asked to respond to the videos. Sager said Strasburg police were not asked to assist with the incident at the school because school resource officers are members of the Sheriff’s Office.
Proctor said he had heard about the videos but had not seen them and could not comment on what they were.
Sager said students had video of the fight and the staff member being pushed down the bleachers.
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Correction: This story has been updated to clarify which charges the student was issued a petition for and reflect police reports that they do not know whether a staff member was pushed down the bleachers. Juvenile intake officers did not respond to the scene of the incident but were called after the event.