Public Safety

15-year-old to face charges in Cedar Rapids Washington High School fight

More charges expected: Police

Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Washington High School in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Police say at least one juvenile faces charges in Friday’s fight in a hallway in Washington High School that involved 10 to 20 people.

About six Washington students were involved in the brawl, according to a notice sent to Washington parents Friday from the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

The other participants, according to the city’s public safety spokesman, Greg Buelow, either were students from other schools or juveniles not attending school.

Buelow said it is believed a Washington student who may have arranged the fight let the other participants into the school. No major injuries were reported to the police, Buelow said.

So far, one 15-year-old will be charged with disorderly conduct and rioting, Buelow said, as investigators think he instigated the fight and assisted the non-Washington juveniles in getting into the school.

Several others are likely to face charges of disorderly conduct, rioting and trespassing as the week progresses, Buelow added.

Officers were called to the school at 12:15 p.m. for a report of a fight, police said.

The notice from the school district said, “Staff members and administrators acted swiftly to address the physical altercation, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department was also engaged to assist.”

Multiple arrests were made Friday, according to the school district.

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Many students witnessed the incident, and a widely circulated video post of the fight has been deleted.

“This incident occurred between six students in a high school, which proudly serves nearly 1,400 students,” the school said.

Buelow said the Washington school resource officer and school administrators have reviewed the school’s video surveillance footage and are working to determine the others who are responsible.

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