This is straight from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office media release. Times reporter Anastasia Dawson is following this story and we will link to it when it is available:Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate Hillsborough County Public School campuses yesterday resulting in multiple arrests stemming from fighting among students.
Wharton High School
Wharton High School witnessed a string of student disturbances yesterday that prompted a larger than normal response and resources from Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office.
There were 37 deputies from street crimes, patrol, community outreach, school resources, motor units and supervisors that responded to the school located at
20150 Bruce B Downs Boulevard in the early afternoon of February 7 after another fight broke out.
Several large fights occurred last week and again on Tuesday. On Wednesday, school Administrators asked the Sheriff’s office to respond to their campus when it became apparent that more fights were potentially brewing. While it is
unclear what the motivations behind the incidents were, it is believed that neighborhood issues between individual students have been spilling onto the campus.
Below is a synopsis of events that occurred on Wharton’s campus:
Friday, February 2nd:
At the end of school, a large fight erupted on the bus ramp. It involved approximately 20 students. Eleven arrests are pending based on a review of school surveillance video for that fight.
Tuesday, February 6th:
1:00 p.m. A fight broke out just outside of the cafeteria. Deputies and administrators broke up the fight, detained the subjects involved and dispersed the student crowd which had formed around the fight.
1:15 p.m. A separate fight broke out in the center courtyard/mosaic area of the school involving several students and causing another crowd of students to form.
3:00 p.m. During school dismissal two separate fights broke out at the school. Multiple patrol units who were already on scene in reference to the two previous incidents responded and broke up the fight.
One student was arrested and charged with Battery on a Specified Employee, Affray/Disruption of a School Function. Six other students were arrested with Affray/Disruption of a School Function. There were seven arrests on Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 7th:
1:00 p.m. A fight occurred. One student was charged with Misdemeanor Battery, Resist w/o Violence, and Disruption of a School Function. A second student was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest w/
Violence, and Disruption of a School Function.
2:00 p.m. A deputy was spat on by a student as he was trying to talk him out of a fight. That student was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest. Deputies remained on scene to ensure the safety of faculty and students until the school had cleared with a special, staggered bell release at normal time.
There were a total of three arrests on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay Technical School
At approximately 3:10 p.m. on February 7, Deputy Nate Johnson was called to Tampa Bay Technical High School, 6410 Orient Road, in reference to trespassers on the property. Upon his arrival, he was unable to locate anyone and reported
to the main office. He observed three males fighting in the hallway in front of the office. He gave verbal commands for them to stop, but they kept fighting and refused to adhere to his commands. He removed his OC spray and shook it, giving further commands to stop. The three males continued to fight
and he deployed the OC spray in all three of their faces.
One of the subjects gave up and ran to the office. The other two continued to fight. Deputy Johnson again deployed his spray and then physically attempted to break them apart. The two individuals were no on the ground continuing
their fight. An off-duty TPD Officer was on the campus, in uniform, for unrelated matter. He observed Deputy Johnson on the ground and ran to assist. Together, they were able to separate and handcuff the two subjects, then handcuff the individual who ran into the office. No injuries were sustained during this incident and Deputy Johnson and the TPD Officer assisted the arrestees with flushing their eyes with water. All three were arrested and charged with Affray, Resist w/o Violence and one had an added charge of Trespass on School Grounds.
- Education news and notes from Tampa Bay and Florida
The latest on fighting at Wharton and Tampa Bay Tech
ELECTIONS: A former county official joins the race for a seat on Hernando County School Board, the Tampa Bay Times reports. • In Hillsborough County, one candidate for School Board changes parties and another changes races, the Tampa Bay Times ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Longtime Hernando County resident and former official Diane Rowden threw her hat in the ring for the District 3 seat of the School Board Monday."I just feel like my job is not over with," Rowden, 68, told the Tampa Bay Times ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Updating Sunday's report on the Hillsborough County School Board races:Scott Hottenstein, one of six candidates for the at-large seat that will be vacated by April Griffin, informs us that he is now a Democrat.After years as a Republican, Hottenstein...
SAFE SCHOOLS: Miami-Dade School District asks local police departments to help put a cop on every campus, WLRN reports.TESTING: Four of Marion County’s worst-performing schools make gains on state tests, the Star-Banner reports. • Duval C...
It's not yet clear if this year's Florida Standard Assessment results will free seven Hillsborough County schools up from outside management, as Superintendent Jeff Eakins had hoped.Things improved at Potter and Booker T. Washington Elementary S...
Gov. Rick Scott is doing a victory lap and touting the level of state education funding, with standardized test scores inching up around the state.The numbers released Thursday show a one-point gain in English proficiency rates on the Florida Standar...
OUSTED: Hernando County School Board votes 3-2 to fire Superintendent Lori Romano, the Tampa Bay Times reports.LAWSUITS: A lawyer, apparently representing Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano, threatens legal action against two School B...
In an email blast on Tuesday, Pinellas County School Board candidate Matt Stewart accused his opponent, Lorena Grizzle, of "misleading voters."He called Grizzle's recent change of address into question and said voters would "see it for what it i...
Business leader Steve Cona filed Monday to run for Hillsborough County School Board in the District 1 seat that Susan Valdes will vacate to run for the State House.He is the first to file since Valdes filed her resign-to-run letter on June 8. A...
Lawyer threatens legal action against Hernando School Board members, says they violated contract with superintendent
A lawyer, apparently representing Hernando County schools Superintendent Lori Romano, emailed School Board members Monday night threatening legal action against two of the officials she says violated the top adminstrator's contract wit...