Four Arrested After Latest In String Of Girl Fights At Tahoe High School

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Four female students were arrested after the latest in a string of fights involving girls at South Tahoe High School, police said.

A female faculty member suffered minor injuries after she tried to break up a fight between two girls Thursday and was jumped by two other girls, police Sgt. Brad Williams said.

"She complained of pain and took an aspirin," Williams told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The fight apparently was sparked by tensions over a boyfriend, he said, and was not gang-related.

All four girls were taken to a local juvenile detention center. The girls accused of attacking the faculty member were arrested on a felony charge of battery upon a school official, while the others were booked on misdemeanor battery charges.

It was at least the fifth fight in a week involving girls at the school.

Six female students were taken into custody and slapped with five-day suspensions for their role in three fights Feb. 28.

School officials said they were unsure what caused the fights, but no weapons were involved.

South Tahoe Associate Principal Jack Stafford said some of the girls are associated with certain cliques. Nationwide, he said, high school girls have been forming more cliques and becoming violent.

"We're a school. It's not a battleground," Stafford said.
Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune,

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