Student charged after video of fight at Heritage High goes viral

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Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk says one student is being charged after a fight caught on camera at Heritage High School went viral.

The incident happened in a school bathroom Thursday morning at 8 a.m.

Principal Ronnie Bradford told NewsChannel 9 what happened:

"Basically, two of our students had exchanged obscene gestures on Wednesday afternoon in the school parking lot. The next morning they agreed to meet in the bathroom to settle the issue and invited their friends to come and watch them fight. The video shows what happened in the bathroom with one student hitting the other student.

I became aware of the incident immediately when the injured student was brought to me by another student reporting that he had fallen in the restroom and hurt himself. We treated the student with the injury in our nurse's station and called his grandmother to come and get him to take him to the hospital for treatment.

After investigating we discovered that the student had not been injured in a fall as he had reported. We used the school camera system to identify witnesses and determine what had happened. The incident was reported to our School Resource Officer who started to investigate further yesterday afternoon. Yesterday afternoon we also became aware of the video taken of the incident and social media posts of the video.

The student who threw the punch was disciplined based on the Catoosa County Schools Student Code of Conduct."

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk says the student has been charged with aggravated battery. He is now at the juvenile regional detention center in Dalton.

Sisk says the victim is now resting at home, after receiving 23 stitches and being diagnosed with a concussion.

Depend on us to bring you updates on this story as we get them.

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