Police respond to TMHS twice last week for unrelated assaults

Police responded to Thunder Mountain High School last Wednesday for not one assault, but two.

The Empire reported earlier that a 16-year-old boy was arrested the morning of March 12 for hitting another 16-year-old boy in the back of the head over an Instagram post.

Later that afternoon, police returned to the school for another assault, this time between two 16-year-old girls.

Lt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the Juneau Police Department, said one girl took another girl’s keys as a joke and gave them to another student. The butt of the joke did not appreciate the humor and told the girl not to touch her belongings.

That started a verbal altercation between the two, which was almost thwarted when the girl whose keys were taken took the high road and walked away. The other girl, however, lured her back by throwing a sandwich at her. The girl took the bait, came back and the two began punching each other.

Campbell said several students witnessed the event, which took place in a hallway, and the students separated the girls. The girl whose keys were taken told her parents when she got home, and her parents notified police.

Although both girls threw punches, only the sandwich thrower was charged with assault. Campbell said that’s because she was the “principal physical aggressor.”

The girl whose keys were stolen sustained minor injuries from the fight: a swollen area on her forehead above the right eye, Campbell added.

Charges against the alleged aggressor were forwarded to the Johnson Youth Center. She is facing one count of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault.

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