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Yukon police seek charges against two high schoolers involved in fight video

Police are seeking assault and battery charges against two Yukon high school students after video surfaced of the sisters beating another student at school last week.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: May 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013

Police here are seeking assault and battery charges against two sisters caught on video beating a cheerleader last week inside Yukon High School.

Yukon Police Chief John Corn said the girls will not be arrested because they are juveniles and their case will proceed through the municipal court system.

The girls, whose names have not been released, have been suspended from school for three days.

Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Bill Denton said the girls were disciplined Friday, the day of the fight.

Denton said none of the girls involved have ever filed any kind of bullying complaint with Yukon administrators.

School officials said they spent the majority of the day Thursday speaking with concerned parents and media outlets after a local TV station report hinted that students at Yukon schools aren't allowed to fight back if they are attacked by others.

“That's just not the case,” Denton said. “It depends on a case-by-case basis, as to what actually transpired leading up to the actual altercation. A lot of factors go into it.”

Corn said the girl who was attacked would not have faced criminal charges had she fought back, based on the video footage he's reviewed.

“Under those circumstances, that would have been self-defense,” the chief said.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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