11 Students arrested for alleged assault against teachers

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The following news release was sent by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Dept.:

QUEEN CREEK -Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today confirmed that eleven (11) students, all males ages 16 to 19 years old, were arrested and booked on aggravated assault charges stemming from a huge school fight yesterday in Queen Creek.

The students over 18 years of age were booked into Fourth Avenue Jail and the juveniles were booked into the southeast juvenile detention center, Arpaio said.

Sheriff's deputies along with personnel from Gilbert police and fire responded to a priority one call at 20061 East Rittenhouse Road yesterday morning.

Upon their arrival, deputies said dozens of students and staff members were engaged in hand to hand combat in classrooms and hallways and outside with some students using broomsticks as weapons. Several people, both staff members and students, were injured in the brawl. All were treated on scene for minor injuries.

Canyon State Academy is a state accredited charter school which takes in troubled males from around the country who are court ordered to attend such institutions for purposes of continuing high school education. Nearly every student who attends is listed as a serious offender with past violent charges.

Sheriff's deputies are often called to the school for fights, assaults and criminal damage, Arpaio says, but nothing on this scale has occurred until yesterday.

"Teachers have a tough enough job today without having to go to school every day worrying about being physically assaulted like this," Sheriff Arpaio remarked. "Hopefully, these students will be held responsible by the criminal justice system."