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Students face charges after fights at Fivay High School

Five girls and one boy will face charges after lunchtime fights disrupted the Pasco County campus, according to the school district.
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Published Jan. 23

HUDSON — A pair of fights at Fivay High School resulted in the arrest of at least five students and one former student on Thursday and required additional deputies to help secure the campus, authorities said.

Two fights took place almost simultaneously during the first lunch period, said Pasco County Schools spokesman Steve Hegarty. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office sent four additional deputies to the school at the district’s request, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Hunter.

Three arrests were made for battery and three for disrupting a campus, Hegarty said. Five of the students were girls, and the sixth was a male who was also cited for trespassing, because he is no longer a student at Fivay. However, Hunter could not confirm the school district’s statement that arrests were made, saying the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.

The students involved in Thursday’s incidents will also be suspended, Hegarty said, and principal Jason Joens “is going to do what he can to remove them from the school.” Joens, who took over the school this academic year, has been trying to crack down on fighting and other violent outbursts at the school.

Officials are looking for any videos of the incident that may be posted online, which they say are rumored to be circulating on social media. More actions could arise if they learn any additional information from such videos.

Hegarty also dispelled rumors about the fights being circulated on social media.

“The social media rumors were worse than reality,” he said. “No one was stabbed.”

School district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said no weapons were used, either.

Since winter break, the campus’ problems appeared to quiet down, Hegarty said, “so this was disappointing.”

Hunter said additional deputies have been sent to Fivay “several times” this school year but could not say exactly how many times. In November, a Fivay student was arrested after deputies said he solicited a hitman to kill a staffer. The 18-year-old said it was a joke, and court records show the charges were later dropped.


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