Parent among 7 arrested in fight at Josey

On the same day a judge sentenced a group of Josey High School students to jail for a fight three weeks ago, six Josey students and a parent were arrested Thursday in another brawl at the school.

Thursday's fight happened about 1:15 p.m. as two female students confronted one another near the school's lunchroom, said Richmond County school safety Lt. Richard Roundtree. Four other female students and the mother of one of the students joined in.

Lt. Roundtree said the mother had checked in with the school's office before going to where the fight started. He said his department would review surveillance video to determine which two students started the fight.

All the combatants were arrested and taken to the Richmond County jail on disorderly conduct charges, he said.

Lt. Roundtree identified those arrested as: Lawanda Lovett, 38; her daughter, Tequila Lovett, 18; Biancha Anthony, 18; Shayqwainta Bradley, 18; Kristinna Coleman, 18; Nadia Steen, 17; and April Walker, 17. All six students are suspended pending a school tribunal, he said.

Such behavior last occurred at Josey on Jan. 6, when a fight started over a girl getting chalk on her clothes sent 11 students to jail and six juveniles to tribunal.

Lt. Roundtree said he wasn't sure exactly what Thursday's argument involved, but he said the two girls who started the fight had a long-standing disagreement.

He said he wished the girls had heard about a judge's order of 60 days incarceration for nine of the students involved in the Jan. 6 incident.

"I hope it will get out," he said, noting that usually the punishment for disorderly conduct would involve a fine and probation.

"We applaud the court system for that (the 60-day jail sentence). It sends a stern message."

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