Fight leads to 10 arrests at Tarpon Springs High

Posted at 3:59 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 22:09:51-04

Ten students were arrested Tuesday after a large fight at Tarpon Springs High School.

Police said the fight occurred about 11:43 a.m. in and around building nine on the campus.

The fight initially involved four girls. It was caused by an incident that occurred over the weekend off school property in Palm Harbor, according to the Tarpon Springs Police Department. 

Police say six boys became involved.

The students refused to obey officers and school employees, so police arrested the students. The students were charged with disorderly conduct.

The students are juveniles ranging in age between 9th and 11th grade. No serious injuries were reported.

The Pinellas County school district says there have been 22 fights at Tarpon Springs High School since the beginning of the year. Nineteen of those fights were considered minor and three others were considered serious enough to be reported to the state.

Students shared cellphone video of the fight with ABC Action News. We can’t show the full video because of the amount of kids involved or name them because of their age. 

Students say there were several fights on campus Tuesday. They took to social media with #fightweek.

Tarpon Springs police said there were two fights on campus Monday and two fights Tuesday including the big melee around lunch time.

Other students tell Action News they’re worried about their safety.

“A lot of people are worried about it. For instance, I don’t even want to come to school because of it. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. I don’t know what’s going to happen the next day,” Jakub Cuomo said.

Tarpon Springs High typically has two school resource officers on campus at all times. Extra officers will be on campus Wednesday and may be for the rest of the week.

The school district says it’s still working to investigate the recent fights and is working to determine next steps. We’re told student safety is top priority.