But despite the arrests of more than a dozen students, including five this week, it is not within the sheriff's or school superintendent's powers to truly contain the problem.
That's because this is not a snafu restricted to an after- assembly squabble at ARC. It's not even limited to ARC. Nor is it a dilemma that belongs solely to the schools.
This is a community-wide conundrum.
There can be no doubt, after video surveillance captured the unmistakable signs, that this is not a school problem, but rather a gang problem.
Sheriff Ronnie Strength, along with federal and state authorities, have done a remarkable job fighting gang activity in Augusta. Witness last year's massive "Operation Augusta Ink" sting, in which Strength's forces went undercover at the "Colur Tyme Tattooz & Things" parlor on Tobacco Road -- which turned out to be the second-largest storefront weapon seizure in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Since then, Strength says the amount of gun violence may have dropped by 30 percent or more.
But the brawl at ARC -- which authorities believe was inspired by rival gangs and helped along by non-students on campus -- is a clear sign that we cannot let up, even after Augusta Ink swept more than 100 suspected criminals off the streets.
Strength says word from various neighborhoods is that violence and gang activities have been sharply curtailed since Augusta Ink, and that the gangs were "crippled."
It is not just the sheriff's obligation to make sure the gangs don't reconstitute and regain strength. Violent neighborhoods and schools endanger all of us, and gang activity and headlines of brawls at proud, historic high schools can only depress property values and economic activity.
Gangs have no business in schools.
But they have no more business in our neighborhoods, either.