Williston Middle High School student arrested for striking faculty member during fight

WILLISTON — A number of students were involved in a fight that broke out at Williston Middle High School on Aug. 10 (the first day of school in Levy County).

According to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release, the motive of the fight has not been figured out, yet. Two faculty members who tried to step in and stop the fight were injured. One of those faculty members suffered minor injuries after being punched by a student. The person is expected to make a full recovery following the incident.

A school resource deputy quickly responded to the area on campus where the fight was occurring. According to the press release, the deputy arrested a 14-year-old female for hitting the faculty member.

“Sheriff (Bobby) McCallum and Superintendent (Chris) Cowart strongly caution all students to be respectful toward each other, teachers and staff,” LCSO Lt. Scott Tummond said in the press release.

“Actions like what happened on the first day of school at Williston Middle High School will not be tolerated,” McCallum said in the press release. “Students involved in these types of incidents will be charged according to the letter of the law and may potentially lead to school and school district sanctions.”

According to the press release, the female student is being charged with one felony count of battery on a school official. She was booked into the Levy County Detention Center and was then transferred into the keeping of the Department of Juvenile Justice at a later time.

”School resource deputies are assigned to school campuses to ensure the safety of the students and all school personnel,” Tummond said in the press release. “Any student who strikes a teacher or any school official and probable cause is established to support a criminal charge, that student will be arrested.”

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