Students arrested in fight
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Wednesday, September 19, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ – Sixteen students were arrested at Natchez High School
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Wednesday after two fights broke out on the Seargeant S. Prentiss
The fights may have stemmed from neighborhood factions in the
community, said Natchez-Adams Superintendent Dr. Carl Davis.
&uot;It’s more of a neighborhood situation that has … raised
its ugly head on a school campus, and we’re just going to have
to deal with them,&uot; he said.
Nine males between the ages of 15 and 17 and one 15-year-old
girl were charged with disturbing the peace by fighting.
Two juvenile males, a 15- and a 16-year-old, were charged with
Four adults were also arrested on charge of disturbing the
peace by fighting. They were Philip E. Bradley, 18, of 582 Lower
Woodville Road, Ronnie Montgomery, 19, of 212A Cloverdale Road,
Cedric J. Washington, 18, of 15 Terry Road and Charles E. Williams,
19, of 313B Dumas Drive.
&uot;About 11:30 (a.m.) the SRO (student resource) officers
observed a fight start near the cafeteria between two individuals,&uot;
said Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff. &uot;Then the fight escalated
into more than two individuals.&uot;
After the officers and school staff ended the fist fight and
took the students to the office, the four adults and the 10 juveniles
charged with disturbing the peace by fighting were arrested and
taken to the Natchez Police Department, Huff said.
Because of the location of the fight, school officials might
have parts of it recorded on videotape, Davis said.
The second fight began about half an hour later.
&uot;After that (first) fight at about twelve we had two individuals
that went into a classroom and jumped on a 15-year-old male victim
and caused him injuries to his head,&uot; Huff said.
The victim received five stitches to treat a cut over his left
eye, Huff said. His nose was also bleeding.
The two suspects in that fight were charged with aggravated
assault because of the extent of the injuries, Huff said.
Police are not certain of the reasons behind the fights but
the matter is under investigation.
&uot;It’s certainly a large enough fight in the school to
warrant further investigation into what the motivation was,&uot;
The police cannot say the fight involved certain gangs or locations
in the community but &uot;we feel that the fight was over neighborhood
The mother of Ronnie Montgomery – one of four adults arrested
– said the tension among some students has gone on for years all
over the community. It might include disputes of county students
vs. city students, said Sarah Emory.
&uot;It’s just an ongoing brewing,&uot; she said.
The four adults were released on bonds Wednesday and the juveniles
were released to their parents.
The students have been suspended from school pending an investigation,
&uot;We’re going to deal with the problem until they realize
it’s just not going to happen,&uot; Davis said.