Danedri Thompson
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A Gardner Edgerton High School student was transported to Johnson County Juvenile Assessment and following a fight at the school on Oct. 6.
According to Gardner Police Sgt. Jay Belcher, police responded to a physical altercation between two students at approximately 11:55 a.m. on Monday morning. In attempting to break up the fight, a GEHS teacher was struck.
“One of the students was taken into custody for the charge of battery,” Belcher said.
Gardner Police will submit to information about the altercation to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office on Oct. 10. It will be up to the district attorney to decide whether to file formal charges.
Belcher said because a teacher was struck, police took a report and will forward it to the district attorney’s office.
A member of USD 231 administrative staff said she was unaware of the altercation and police intervention, when The Gardner News asked about the incidence on Oct. 9. The communications department did however email the newspaper a copy of the district’s policy on student behavior.
“If an employee is involved in civil behavior by a student or another employee on school property, it is a personal decision of that employee to file charges,” USD 231 District Communications Director Leann Northway said.