LANCASTER – The sheriff’s department has released details of their investigation into a controversial fight that took place at Lancaster High School Tuesday.
Read the full press release below:
Shortly after noon on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who is assigned as a School Resource Deputy at Lancaster High School (located at 44701 32nd Street West, Lancaster) was on campus when he heard about a fight near the cafeteria area.
The deputy immediately went to the cafeteria area and saw a large group of students. School security was detaining at least two students.
School security personnel told the deputy that the two students had been fighting so the deputy began an investigation into the incident.
The investigation, which included talking to many student witnesses, revealed that the two students had been part of a large group of students who were all standing in a lunch line in the cafeteria area.
The 15-year old male student (suspect/victim) had complained to a female student about her cutting into the line, instead of waiting.
A 17-year old female student (suspect/victim) who was standing nearby, heard the 15-year-old telling the female student not to cut into line. The 17-year-old female rushed over to the 15-year-old male and pushed his chest, causing him to fall back and strike his back against a metal handrail.
Believing he had just been pushed by a male student, the 15-year old punched the 17-year old in the face. The two students then exchanged several punches until the fight was broken up by school security.
Both the 15-year-old male student and 17-year-old female student were arrested by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputy for fighting on school grounds, a “mutual combat” misdemeanor battery, 243.2 of the California Penal Code.
The deputy reported that the 15-year-old did not appear injured and the 17-year-old received a small laceration to her lip. Both refused medical treatment at the school.
The deputy immediately notified the parents of both of the students, and released each of them to the custody of the parents.
Both students were suspended by the school.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives at (661-948-8466). Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.