More police placed at Battle High School after fight
COLUMBIA - Local law enforcement took Battle High School students into custody after two separate fights broke out Thursday afternoon.
At approximately 12:34 p.m., the school's resource officer requested backup to help stop two separate fights involving about seven students in the school's common area. No weapons were involved in either altercation.
Boone County deputies and Columbia Police officers both arrived at the high school and took students into custody. Four of those involved in the fights were referred to the Juvenile Office.
Additional officers were present for the rest of the day and two more officers will be present during lunch on Friday at the high school.
"I take this incident seriously and I also ask your help in addressing the important issue of appropriate student behavior," said Kim Presko, Principal of Battle High School, in a letter to parents. "Fights in our school or encouraging other students to fight will not be tolerated. Please take a moment to discuss this incident with your student."
UPDATE: Police confirm one of the seven students arrested at Battle High School on Thursday, Oct. 16 was 17 years old and and arrested as an adult.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information available.]