- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

HOPE, Ark. (AP) - Nine students face charges of battery, disorderly conduct and rioting after a brawl at Hope High School’s main office last week.

Police say one student pushed a school resource officer, while another “swung his fists” at the officer, who was trying to break up the fights. Another student struck a student in the head with a plastic desk organizer.

The melee was captured on video and later posted online. Hope police say four students who are 18 and older will be charged as adults with rioting, third-degree battery and disorderly conduct. Five other students will face similar charges in juvenile court.

The school’s superintendent, Bobby Hart, said in a statement that student safety is a top priority and that the incident was handled according to district policy.

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