Two teens arrested after fight at Washington-Marion

Published 1:15 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Two teenagers were arrested just before classes ended Tuesday afternoon at Washington-Marion High School.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kayla Vincent said during a fight at the school between two students, witnesses reported hearing someone mention a gun.

One of the students involved in the fight — along with two other juveniles — fled the school and the campus was immediately placed on lockdown, Vincent said.  The three individuals who fled were quickly located near Rose Street by the Lake Charles Police Department.

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Vincent said one of the students involved in the fight, who fled the scene, had been suspended from Washington-Marion earlier the same day for a previous fight. It was also discovered one of the other juveniles who fled the school was not a student at Washington-Marion and previously attended LaGrange High School. He was present during the fight and in possession of a pair of brass knuckles. 

Vincent said the third juvenile who fled the campus and was located by law enforcement was not involved in the altercation.     

Later the same evening, two of the juveniles ages 15 and 16, were arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The 15-year-old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and carrying a dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on school property.  The 16-year-old is charged with unlawful disruption of the operation of a school; and disturbing the peace by fighting.     

The investigation revealed there was no firearm present during the altercation at the high school, Vincent said.

Molo Middle School was placed on a precautionary lockdown due to the proximity to Washington-Marion High School.