Arrests expected in snow day fight at Warner Robins High

wcrenshaw@macon.comFebruary 4, 2014 

After this photo was circulated on Facebook, Warner Robins police are expecting to make arrests in connection with a fight that happened at Warner Robins High School while the school was closed due to snow Jan. 29.

WARNER ROBINS -- What began as a snowball fight ended in a big brawl.

Police expect to make arrests in connection with the fight that happened at Warner Robins High School while the school was closed due to snow Jan. 29.

Maj. John Wagner, assistant chief for the Warner Robins police, said warrants are being sought in the case, which one of the victims reported shortly before 1 p.m. He said the charges may range from battery to aggravated assault.

About 30 people were participating in the snowball fight when a few of them began to jump on a vehicle in the parking lot, according to a police news release Tuesday.

Someone approached the group to talk about damage to the vehicle and was “physically struck,” the release states. More people joined in on the assault, and police say when witnesses came to the aid of the victim, they were beat up, too.

Three people sustained minor injuries, Wagner said.

Beth McLaughlin, the Houston County schools spokeswoman, said the Warner Robins High principal learned of the incident when school was back in session Friday, and he immediately reported it to police.

Neither she nor Wagner knew whether any of the alleged attackers or victims are students. But McLaughlin said Internet rumors that a school janitor was a victim are false.

A photo of the assault has been circulating on Facebook and Twitter, and Detective Justin Clark was able to identify some of the people involved in the brawl from the picture, Wagner said.

Police ask anyone with information in the case and those involved to contact Clark at 478-302-5384 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 478-742-2330.

Information can also be submitted anonymously through TipSubmit by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) and including the keyword WRPD in the body of the text.

Telegraph writer Becky Purser contributed to this report. To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9705.

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