On February 12, 2020, at about 0930 hours, the Newark Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to Newark High School responded to a fight within the school. The fight was determined to be three male students attacking another male student, causing injury to the student. The victim was transported to an area hospital by a parent for treatment of his injuries. The SRO, with assistance of school employees, was able to separate the involved parties. The incident remains under investigation by Newark Police.
At about 1120 hours, another fight broke out related to the first fight. The SRO called for additional assistance as the suspects from the first fight attempted to access the area where this fight was occurring. More than a half dozen additional Newark Police Officers responded to the school to assist the SRO and school staff in restoring order at the school.
Throughout the day, an additional three fights broke out at the school, requiring intervention by Newark Police. During the course of one of these fights, a 14 year-old female student was arrested by Newark Police for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Offensive Touching on a staff member of the school. That student, whose name will not be released due to the student’s age, was released on her own recognizance to a family member for a future appearance in New Castle County Family Court.
A large presence from Newark Police was required for the remainder of the day to insure the safety of the school.
The Newark Police are aware of social media reports of weapon involvement, however there is no evidence at this time of any weapon involvement.
Questions as to discipline of students, if any, and lockdown status of the school, should be directed to the Christina School District.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Cpl. A. Pagnotti at (302) 366-7100 x. 3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where a reward may be available.