JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- So far this year in Duval County high schools the district reports 498 fights among students. In all of last year the tally was 592.
Earlier this month three teens from Forrest High were suspended following a fight that sent one student in an ambulance to the emergency room with a busted tooth.
In that incident police say a mutual verbal argument started everything with all three students landing punches and suspensions.
"When I saw him hit her I got up. I hit him in the back of his head as hard as I could just to get him to stop hitting her," said Felicia Santiago, 16, whose mother now plans to home school her daughter.
The three teens involved were recommended for alternative schools.
The student code of conduct says a student can deflect a punch, but throwing one is considered fighting.
In Duval County, Ed White High has the most reported fights so far this year with 97 with Lee High having 46 and Sandalwood 45.
In the School Environmental Safety Incident Report, Duval County reported to the state for the 2010-11 year having 3,026 fights of some kind in all schools.
First Coast News