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Five Young Teens Charged in School Assault

Jan. 13, 2008 — Five students at Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School on St. Thomas were charged Monday following an incident at the school last week in which one student sustained serious head injuries after getting struck with a rock.
The assault occurred about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, when V.I. Police officers assigned to the school's security unit were alerted to a fight on campus. The officers found a crowd of students gathered near the school's field, with one boy collapsed on the ground suffering seizures and bleeding from a gash to the head, according to a police spokeswoman.
The incident sent the injured boy by ambulance to the emergency room at Schneider Regional Medical Center just after 11 am. The boy was suffering seizures as a result of the head trauma. SRMC staff worked to prevent swelling of the brain and stabilize the boy's condition, and took measures to keep him supplied with oxygen if he lost the ability to breathe on his own. He was airlifted late Thursday night to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, according to a hospital spokesman here.
Witnesses at the fight scene described to police two people involved in the altercation. Officers apprehended them in the Thomasville-Bovoni area. Five students were charged in the incident.
The minors charged in the incident, as well as the injured boy, are all students at the school, police said. Those charged include one 13-year-old, three 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old. They were arrested Monday and charged with first- and third-degree assault and aiding and abetting in connection with the assault.
Those charged have been released into the custody of their parents.
The school has scheduled a meeting for parents at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to address the recent increase in violence and changes to school policy that will affect all students. For more information, call 340-775-4222.
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