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10 arrested after major brawl at alternative school in Louisiana

A brawl involving nearly 200 parents and students at an alternative school has resulted in a Baton Rouge police officer being hospitalized and 10 teenagers arrested

BATON ROUGE, La. – A brawl involving nearly 200 parents and students at an alternative school on Wednesday resulted in a Baton Rouge police officer being hospitalized and 10 teenagers being arrested, authorities said.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said deputies responded to an 8:15 a.m. call about a major fight at East Baton Rouge Readiness Superintendent’s Academy, an alternative school for students with disciplinary challenges .

Police estimated about 200 people were involved in the brawl in the school’s courtyard in front of the gym, Hicks said.

“A deputy punched me in the face and possibly bit me,” she said.

The city police officer was taken to a nearby hospital with a broken hip and head injuries, she said.

The sheriff’s office arrested a 17-year-old boy for assaulting a police officer who used violence to disturb the peace and resisted arrest. The Bureau also arrested five teenagers, ages 16 and 17, for disturbing the peace by fistfighting.

The sheriff’s office also arrested an 18-year-old girl for unlawfully disrupting school operations and resisting arrest and a 17-year-old girl for disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

Baton Rouge Police arrested two boys, ages 17 and 15, for second-degree assault and aggravated assault of a police officer, respectively.

What triggered the melee is unclear. A loaded gun was also found on a lawn in front of the school, Hicks said.

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