UPDATE: Superintendent responds to Indian River High School fight; three students charged

DAGSBORO, Del. - The Superintendent of the Indian River School District responds to an incident, after police say three teens attacked another student which caused injuries to the student and staff members, on Monday.

In a statement regarding the incident, Superintendent Mark Steele, of the Indian River School District, says, " As reported by the Delaware State Police, there was an altercation between students in the main office of Indian River High School on Monday morning, November 13. Several employees were involved in breaking up the fight, with three receiving minor injuries. In addition, one student was treated then released from a local hospital with minor injuries. The students involved in this incident will face significant disciplinary action in accordance with the district's discipline policy.

We would like to thank the Delaware State Police and the Dagsboro Police Department for their assistance in this matter. I would also like to commend the employees who stepped in to break up the altercation and restore order. The safety of our students has always been the district's number one priority. This is evidenced by the presence of school safety monitors and School Resource Officers in our schools, along with the number of dedicated Indian River High School employees who intervened on Monday to protect students and staff. This was an isolated incident that was under control in a matter of minutes and we want parents to remain confident that our schools are providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for their children."

According to Delaware State Police, three girls, ages 15,16, and 17, attacked another 17-year-old student in the main office of Indian River High School, in Dagsboro, The fight apparently led to injuries for the 17-year-old victim and several staff member who tried to break up the fight.

The three teens are facing rioting and assault charges in connection to the incident.


Three teen girls are facing assault charges, after troopers say they attacked another student at a high school, in Sussex County.

Delaware State Police say on Monday, troopers, a DSP school resource officer, and the Dagsboro Police Department were notified of a fight involving several students and staff members at Indian River High School, Dagsboro. According to the report, three girls, ages 15, 16, and 17, went into the school's main office and attacked by another 17-year-old student, while she was sitting in a chair. As school staff members attempted to break up the fight, troopers say the aggressive 17-year-old student was removed and placed in another office, where she reportedly continued to be disorderly by pounding on the glass and wood portions of the office door and destroying the door blinds.

DSP reports that as a staff member tried to calm the her down, the student violently attempted to leave the office, pushing the staff member and causing injury to their hand. Law enforcement says while attempting to remove the 15-year-old student, she pushed a male staff member causing him to fall to the floor. At this point, another staff member tried to intervene and fell on the floor after encountering the 15-year-old. The male staff member reportedly injured his shoulder. The 16-year-old student was apparently removed by staff members without further incident.

The 17-year-old victim was reportedly removed from the scene by EMS and taken to Atlantic General Hospital, where she was treated and released for a head injury and facial lacerations. Troopers report that a faculty member was privately transported to Beebe Walk-In Care where he was treated and released for a shoulder injury. Another faculty member was apparently treated for a knee injury.

According to authorities, the 17-year-old student was charged with rioting, two counts of assault third degree, and criminal mischief. She was later released on a $5,500 unsecured bond.

The 16-year-old student was charged with rioting and one count of assault third degree. She was later released on a $4,000 unsecured bond.

The 15-year-old student was charged with rioting and two counts of assault third degree. She was later released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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