Seven to be charged in George Jenkins High School brawl

LAKELAND, Fla. - Deputies plan to charge seven kids with misdemeanors for their involvement in a school brawl caught on camera.

A parent of a George Jenkins High School student in Lakeland sent us the video of the fight which was witnessed by dozens of teens.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it started as a food fight and escalated into an all-out brawl.

Some of the students were Junior ROTC members.

George Jenkins High School principal Buddy Thomas said they don't normally see this kind of trouble at this A-rated school.

"It doesn't happen very often, but when it does and kids put it on YouTube or Facebook, then what we try and do is calm everybody else down," Thomas said.

What you don't see in the video are administrators breaking the fight up seconds later and pulling out some of those involved.

While this fight looks rough, Thomas said there were no serious injuries.

"Lets grow up, lets get an education," said one concerned parent who didn't want us to use his name.

He says his son is close friends with the student who was body-slammed in the video.

He's worried about more violence and what's going to happen next.

"It's a situation I have to face. Do I want my son going to school and him being the next one laying on the ground?" He said.

Thomas says the number of fights on school grounds has actually gone down in recent years.

He also doesn't believe this fight is as bad as it looks.

"On the video it looks like they're really punching and kicking, but they're actually just rolling around like big ol' teddy bears, and we got to get in and separate them," he said.

Thomas said punishment is pending for all the students involved and will be more severe for those who have been in trouble before.

Late Thursday afternoon, the sheriff's office announced it plans to file misdemeanor charges against all seven involved.

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