Eleven high school students at Matanzas High School in Palm Coast, Florida, could be facing charges following a brawl that occurred during school hours. The incident took place on Monday around 1 p.m. when two school resource officers responded to a disturbance in the school’s hallway. Upon arrival, they found a group of students engaged in physical fighting while another group watched.
The resource deputies immediately intervened to break up the fight and disperse the onlookers. However, during the scuffle, three students attacked the employees, resulting in three physical arrests. One female student pushed a deputy to attack another student, leading to her arrest for disorderly conduct, disruption of a school function, and felony resisting a law enforcement officer with violence.
In another instance, a 17-year-old student charged at a school staff member, swinging his arms and ultimately punching the staff member in the shoulder. The staff member detained the student until deputies arrived and arrested him for felony battery on a school official.
Simultaneously, while a school administrator was attempting to escort a student away from the fight, another male student grabbed the educator and battered them. The 17-year-old student was taken to the dean’s office and later arrested for disorderly conduct and felony battery on a school official.
Affidavits filed with the State Attorney’s Office recommend that eight other students involved in the brawl be charged with misdemeanor offenses.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly emphasized a zero-tolerance policy for violence at schools, stating that those involved will be arrested. Flagler Schools Superintendent LaShakia Moore expressed disappointment in the students’ behavior and urged parents and guardians to reinforce positive choices.