Authorities looking into fight that broke out at Bradford High

The school went into a lockdown for part of the day.


Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:14 p.m.

Bradford County High School was locked down for part of the school day on Wednesday after a fight erupted that involved several people.

While the fight was being investigated, a BB gun was found on campus.

The fight was reported at 11:20 a.m. and is under investigation by both the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office and the Starke Police Department. Investigators said the fight involved two students initially, but several family members and friends of those two also got involved.

According to school officials, everyone directly involved in the fight was suspended from school pending additional investigation. Two of the students involved were taken by their family members to Shands at Starke for treatment of what investigators described as minor injuries.

While the school was locked down after the fight, investigators said they found the BB gun, which they said strongly resembled a semi-automatic firearm. A teenager suspected of bringing the gun to school was questioned and charges against that teen are pending further investigation, officials said.

An adult was among those arrested on campus. Deputies said Jerry William Simmons, 23, of Starke, was found on campus during the fight and was charged with trespassing on school grounds.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s events or any other criminal activities connected to school functions can report their information anonymously by calling First Coast Student Crime Stoppers at 800-845-8477.

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