UPDATE: Four Students May Face Juvenile Charges in Locker Room Fight
Port Washington police to request charges for battery and party to a battery in connection with the incident.
Editor's note: This article has been changed to reflect a correction. The original story stated that four students may face charges after beating up a fifth student, however the student being hit is actually one of the four that may be charged, meaning only three other students were involved.
"We're sending juvenile court referrals for battery on two of the students, and also sending two juvenile court referrals on two other students for party to a battery," Port Washington Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said. The students not directly involved in the physical fighting were involved in a bet, egging on the situation, which is why police are seeking the additional charges. Both the student throwing the punches and the student being hit may see charges.
After talking to the officer involved in the investigation of the incident, Hingiss said the situation does not appear to be an ongoing bullying incident, but rather an isolated incident of a "couple students not getting along."
According to WTMJ4, a student posted a video of the fight to Facebook on Wednesday night, and school officials met with police on Thursday to discuss the matter. Principal Arlan Galarowicz also told WTMJ4 that this was an isolated incident.
Former student Dylan Huegerich told Patch that this type of bullying is something that happened daily when he attended the middle school. Huegerich was a victim of such bullying, and inevitably left the district because of it.
"Something needs to be done," Huegerich said. "It has obviously gotten ridiculously out of hand."