Rumble at Ridgetop Junior High
June 11, 2008 · Updated 10:35 AM
Four students were expelled from Central Kitsap School District and three were suspended after a massive fight involving baseball bats erupted outside of Ridgetop Junior High School Monday.
Although no one was seriously injured, the fight involved older teenagers who were not from the school along with an adult, according to CKSD spokeswoman Melanie Reeder.
This is the largest incident (at Ridgetop) for a long time, said Chris Wyatt, principal at Ridgetop. We dont have fights that involve multiple students.
According to Kitsap County Sheriffs reports, a 911 call came in at approximately 2:13 p.m. regarding a group of juveniles who were seen fighting with multiple baseball bats. It reportedly started out as an argument between two male teens, when a black vehicle pulled onto the scene with three women, ages 17, 19 and the 40-year-old mother of the 17-year-old. A large group of students reportedly stood around to watch the fight.
With a baseball bat in hand, the 19-year-old allegedly began striking one of the male students in the face, nose, arm and ribs. Then the other two females reportedly began hitting the same boy while the female adult began kicking him in the stomach while yelling at people watching to help her beat him up.
A deputy arrested and booked the three women into jail on assault charges. They have since been released.
As a result of the fight, four students have been placed on emergency expulsion and one on suspension for their involvement, according to Reeder. Two other students were suspended for obstruction.
Wyatt said the nature and knowledge of the fight began the week before, unknown to school officials, with teasing and malicious messages posted on the free Web site www.MySpace.com If she had known about the exchange of teasing prior to the incident, the school could have resolved the issue peacefully, she added.
The forward going (of the fight) is to remind kids about safety, Wyatt added. And that they can report things like (the rumor of the fight) in total confidence. Kids can turn in information anonymously.
Ridgetop teachers and administrators will be focusing on school and classroom safety next week along with remaining safe to and from school, Wyatt said.
We tell the students that they are the eyes and ears of the school, she said. They keep us safe.