FARGO – Video of a locker room fight at North High School has been circulating on social media, and authorities say they may pursue criminal charges in the case.
Fargo Public Schools confirmed Monday, Feb. 26, that two student fights occurred at North on Feb. 12.
“Administration became aware of the fights and investigated. Administration worked with the students and parents/guardians involved and the students faced disciplinary actions,” read a statement from the school district, which declined to release more details “due to student privacy laws.”
Fargo police spokeswoman Jessica Schindeldecker said she couldn’t disclose much because three juveniles were involved, and all are considered victims.
According to Schindeldecker, school officials became aware of the Feb. 12 fight the next day. The assistant principal contacted the school resource officer to look into it, she said, and that officer completed a report that was forwarded to juvenile court.
The incident was the topic of a recent video and podcast by radio station KPPP-FM that included an interview with a mother who said her 15-year-old son was lured to the junior varsity locker room and beaten by two students.
The mother, Jackie Charbonneau, told the radio station that her son, who she says has learning disabilities, suffered a black eye and was bleeding from his lip. She said her son’s teacher didn’t report the injuries or refer him for medical treatment after the boy lied about what happened and told the teacher he’d been wrestling with his cousin.
Charbonneau also said her son lied to a school counselor about his injuries and that the counselor didn’t report the injuries or refer him for medical treatment. She said family members contacted school officials when they learned about his injuries after school, yet were told the following day that he had been suspended.
Charbonneau declined to talk to The Forum.
Charbonneau told KPPP-FM that the family was told the fight was a gang initiation, though Schindeldecker said there is no evidence of any gang connection.
Schindeldecker said officials investigated as soon as they learned about the fight. The matter now rests with the juvenile court system, she said.