Four face charges in GSHS brawl
Four Glenwood Springs High School students were suspended from school on Tuesday after attacking another student on school property. The four are also facing assault charges in 9th District juvenile court.
Principal Mike Wells said the five 9th- and 10th-graders have had ongoing problems among them. Glenwood Springs Middle School officials alerted him and assistant principal Sonya Hemmen of the dispute when they graduated from eighth grade.
“This has been going on for a while,” Wells said. “There have been hard feelings between the one student and the other four.”
Wells said the fight took place during lunch break on Tuesday.
“One of the girls was walking alongside the school, when she was essentially jumped by the other four,” Wells explained. “The girl was pushed down, and she got her hair pulled, so she was naturally upset. I was in a meeting at the time, but one of our teachers saw the fight and intervened immediately.”
Wells said there “wasn’t much need for lots of investigation. We knew who was involved.”
Hemmen and Glenwood Springs police officer Neil Wagstrom, who patrols the school, met with all the students involved and with their parents to verify the facts of the assault. Four of the girls were suspended for three to five days, depending on the extent of their participation in the fight. They’re facing juvenile court charges as well.
“These students are not only facing school disciplinary action but legal action,” said Wells. “We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.”
The girl who was attacked was neither suspended or charged, “since she wasn’t at fault in any way,” said Wells.
Wells added that fights of this type don’t happen very often at the school.
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