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Off-campus brawl near John Hopkins leads to 14-year-old student's arrest

ST. PETERSBURG — Police broke up an off-campus brawl involving two female students from John Hopkins Middle School on Thursday but ended up taking a male student into custody.

The 14-year-old boy was arrested on a charge of felony battery on a law enforcement officer, according to St. Petersburg police. The St. Petersburg Times is withholding his identity because of his age.

According to police, as school let out an officer pulled over when he observed a crowd of about 40 students gathered near the 1600 block of 12th Avenue S around 4:40 p.m.

The officer waded into the crowd to see what was happening and saw two girls fighting, police said. The officer grabbed a 13-year-old girl who was throwing punches at the other girl, police said, and tried to pull her out of the scrum.

But then a 14-year-old boy grabbed the officer's arm and tried to pull him away from the girl, police said. The officer then turned and grabbed the boy, who started resisting, police said. Another officer arrived and together they placed the 14-year-old under arrest.

The boy's mother soon arrived and "berated" the officers for arresting her son, according to police spokesman Mike Puetz. The 13-year-old girl who was involved in the fight also attempted to interfere with his arrest, police said, but they chose not to arrest her. The other girl involved in the fight was not identified.

The boy was taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center.

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Off-campus brawl near John Hopkins leads to 14-year-old student's arrest 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 5:42pm]
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