Update 12:45 p.m.: Four South Tahoe students arrested, staff member attacked in high school melee
Four South Tahoe High School girls were arrested, with two facing felony battery charges after a fight this morning on campus, police said.
A female South Tahoe High School faculty member suffered minor injuries in the melee after she tried to break up a fight between a 14-year-old girl and 15 year-old girl, police said. The faculty member was jumped by two female students, one 14 and the other 17, who watched the fight, police said.
The fight was reported at 7:55 a.m. According to South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Brad Williams, the fight was sparked by an argument between the two girls.
When a female South Tahoe High School faculty member intervened to break up the fight, she was attacked by the 14 and 17-year-olds, Williams said.
The faculty member’s injuries were minor and did not require medical attention, Williams said.
“She complained of pain and took an aspirin,” Williams said.
The fight does not appear to be gang-related, Williams said.
“There’s nothing to point to gang activity at all,” he said. Today’s fight reportedly involved tensions over a boyfriend.
All four girls were taken to the Juvenile Treatment Center in South Lake Tahoe. The two girls in the initial fight face misdemeanor battery charges, while the two girls who allegedly attacked the faculty member face felony charges of battery upon a school official with injury, Williams said.
This morning’s violence was at least the fifth fight to occur within the past seven days among high school girls.
High school officials have declined to comment on today’s fight until the police investigation is finished.