(Lt. William Wilson, Ferndale Police Department, March 1, 2013)
A group of students attending the Digital Learning Center in the Ferndale Public Schools were involved in a fight in the school’s main hallway on Thursday morning.
The fight reportedly started as the result of students taunting each other. Administrators and staff in the school contained the fight; however it resulted in an injury to one administrator.
When the fight started, the building was placed on lockdown. When police arrived, order had been restored. The building was kept on lockdown throughout the day while regular instruction continued.
Henry Gold, Deputy Superintendent, and Barbara Evoe, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction arrived on the scene immediately after order was restored. Gold says, “I was pleased to see how well the students and staff did throughout the rest of the day. The skill our DLC staff demonstrated in diffusing the fight so quickly was exceptional. The dedicated support we received from the Ferndale Police Department was greatly appreciated.”
The school has suspended all students involved in the incident.
Ferndale Police arrested five adult aged students (three 19 years old, one 18, and one 17), took one juvenile student into custody, and are seeking a warrant against one 19 year old student who left the building before police could arrest him. Three of the five arrested posted $500 bond and were released pending further court proceedings. Two of the adult students are still in custody and are expected to be arraigned this afternoon at about 2:00 p.m.
Fore previous stories on the Digital Learning Center, see http://ferndale115.com/nuevo/?s=digital+learning+center.