FMHS fight leads to arrest

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(Photo courtesy of the town of Flower Mound)

By Leopold Knopp, Contributing Writer

A Flower Mound High School student is being charged with assault after a fight in one of the school’s bathrooms Nov. 19.

The fight was witnessed and recorded by several other students, with footage circulating on social media. The incident was severe enough to warrant attention from the Flower Mound Police Department, which issued an affidavit and arrested one of the students Friday morning Nov. 22. The student, 17, is being charged with assault and tried as an adult, according to FMPD Capt. Shane Jennings.

Rumors of severe injury for the other participant circulated online. Lewisville ISD chief information officer Amanda Brim would not release specifics about the students’ health, but said no student was transported by emergency services to the hospital.

Principal Chad Russell released a statement the next morning to tamp down on rumors, saying it was a small altercation.

“It is always disappointing when a small number of students make a poor decision which then impacts our entire campus. I want to assure you the students involved will face appropriate disciplinary consequences,” Russell wrote. 

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    Scott Spear

    Violence in the schools needs to stop. Yet how? It’s bad enough that kids (students) want to think they are grown up, smoking, doing drugs and all the other things they think is cool. In part, it about when one good looking or popular athletic type kid comes along, becomes popular and gets his wings. Obviously some of the parents apparently take way to much pride in their child’s early successes, some failing to realize the problems brewing beneath. Taking a blind eye to his grades, promoting his athleticism and ignoring the signs of trouble ahead allows for these kids to become so misguided.

    Does the young man need to be punished for his actions, YES absolutely, but need he be marked for the rest of his life, given a criminal record and ousted by society and destroyed or marked for life? That would depend on the severity of ones actions, but not in every incident as a blanket response to every incident. I think not; this is a teachable moment, a huge opportunity to [try] and correct the problem. Take to opportunity to develop programs, mandatory classrooms that discuss these very types of tragedies. Beating someone down because you don’t like them, or because he looked at or spoke to your girlfriend, she’s not an item you own! These types of feelings, thought processes among many other things needs to be discussed at an early age, including drugs and what they actually do to the developing bodies. How the chemistry of such consumption works to destroy the rational, justifiable thought process, along with how the development of the brain continues to grow. As a starting point in helping them understand the changes they face (certainly from a mental and emotional health standpoint) can be of no consequence. Point in case, emotional relationships are not personal possessions and nobody has the right such ownership, to display such barbarianism and how these knee jerk reactions can cause irreparable damage. That’s just an example. The more important aspect to much of this is to develop a curriculum covering problems associated with these types of actions and the consequences that follow.

    Make it personal to a point, not calling out a student for his or her actions, rather real situations (from bullying to destroying lives by gun violence or other concerns making them all teachable moments. This is something that needs to be taught starting is elementary school, say fifth grade, just like math and English making it a mandatory program. Keep building the positive side of any actions, explaining the negatives while helping them understand all actions have consequences. Develop testing based on retention, definitions, consequences, and essay style approaches re better ways to resolve issues. Make it more about the overall health (mental and emotional) as they continue to develop and how negative actions can impact not only the perpetrators but the victims, bystanders, parents, teachers and law enforcement. Discussing the problems of ones actions and just how deep it goes, to take these incidents and learn and teach from past experiences. I think that would be the best way to deal with these young students rather than convict them as an adult and incarcerate the perpetrator.

    I’m nit related to this individual and do not know of him, this is just my opinion from someone who was a victim of violence as a student.

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