23 students charged in Trotwood Madison H.S. fight


23 students charged in Trotwood Madison H.S. fight

A large fight Thursday morning involving 23 students prompted a brief lockdown at Trotwood Madison High School.

Trotwood police responded at about 10:20 a.m. to a large fight. The school was placed on immediate lockdown until the students involved in the fighting were separated and identified, according to a joint statement from police and the Trotwood-Madison City School District

All 23 students were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to police, the fight started over accusations about students possessing items stolen from other students. The fight was broken up within minutes by school staff and police. One minor injury was reported, which was treated at the school by medics, according to the joint statement.

Superintendent Kevin Bell, who called the incident unfortunate, said the scrum occurred just outside the library during class change. The hallways were well supervised at that time, he said, and there were staff members within 10 feet of where the incident began.

Of the 23 students, 21 were juveniles and were taken to the Montgomery County juvenile intervention center. Two 18-year-old students were taken to the Montgomery County Jail. In addition to the criminal charges, all the students were suspended for violating the district's student code of conduct. Also, Bell said the students face possible expulsion.

District officials and police also are conducting a joint investigation to determine whether any other charges will be filed.

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