3 students charged, Charleston Police officer hospitalized after fight at high school

VIDEO: 3 students charged, Charleston Police officer hospitalized after fight at high school

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A fight at West Ashley High School Tuesday morning sent a Charleston Police officer to the hospital.

The officer injured his elbow when he fell to the ground while trying to break up the fight, according to the Charleston Police Department. The moment was caught on video and is now under review by the department.

As for the fight, the responding school resource officer said one student charged at another near the cafeteria just after 11 a.m. The two then began punching each other, and the officer said he tried to break it up.

It was at that point another student jumped in and tried to punch one of the other students, the report states. After several minutes, all three students were pulled apart.

“The altercation caused such a disturbance that at least 50 students stopped walking to their classrooms and gathered in the hallway,” the incident report said. “Because of the unsafe environment created, all three juvenile offenders were charged with public disorderly conduct.”

One student suffered swelling and cuts to his nose and eyes. He was treated by the school nurse.

The officer was then transported to the hospital.

“We are appalled by the incident of students fighting yesterday at West Ashley High School,” school district spokesperson Sully Witte said. “The school and the district are investigating in cooperation with the City of Charleston Police Department, and appropriate and stern disciplinary action has been taken against all students who were involved.”

VIDEO: 3 students charged, Charleston Police officer hospitalized after fight at high school

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