One student hurt in large fight at charter school in Northwest Washington

December 16, 2013

A charter school in Northwest Washington is investigating a fight in which pepper spray was discharged and five students were taken to an area hospital, according to police and the school’s principal.

The incident occurred about noon at Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts.

D.C. police and fire officials had initially said the fight occurred outside the school. They also described it as a large brawl. But the principal, G. Hope Asterilla, said in an e-mail that the fight involved two students and occurred inside the school in the 1300 block of Florida Avenue NW.

She said the altercation was the “result of an outside issue that spilled into the school.” D.C. police said one of the students taken to a hospital was unconscious; officials now say that student is expected to recover.

It was not clear who discharged the pepper spray. Asterilla said that the school resource officer and additional police officers who sped to the school “were on top of the situation.”

The principal said students quickly returned to class. “School administration will continue to investigate this situation for appropriate administrative actions,” Asterilla said.

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