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Arrests Made for Disturbance Involving Students

Post Date:01/06/2017 2:10 PM

A fight involving students from two (2) area high schools, which could have ended tragically, was resolved with referrals and issuance of summons.

On January 4, 2017, at approximately 4 PM, an Appleton Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) responded to a disturbance involving a large group of students in the 1500 block of Schneider Place.  As he arrived, a 911 call reporting a gun being displayed during the disturbance was received by the Outagamie County Emergency Dispatch Center.  The SRO immediately reported the disturbance had already ended, with some of the involved individuals leaving the area in a vehicle.

Through investigation, the SRO determined a group of students from Appleton had arranged for a fight with students from Menasha.  As the fight was occurring, a 16 year-old student from Menasha displayed an electronic control device (taser).  The same student returned to a vehicle and obtained a pellet gun (photo attached).  He walked down the street threatening individuals, by pointing the weapon, while yelling at people to get away from an acquaintance.  The SRO arrived on scene approximately 15 seconds after the weapon was introduced into the disturbance.

Pellet gun from West Incident - January 2017

No one reported being injured as a result of the fight/disturbance.

15 seconds.  Not much time; however, time crucial to this incident. Based on video evidence obtained during the investigation, the young man who decided to grab a realistic looking pellet gun put himself in real danger of being shot by the responding SRO.  The purpose of today’s release is to encourage parents and guardians to discuss this incident with their students.  Fortunately, the incident didn’t end tragically. 

The Appleton Police Department has concluded their investigation into the disturbance.  Four (4) students are being referred to Juvenile Intake for their role in the incident.  Additionally, there are four (4) receiving Disorderly Conduct summons for their role in the disturbance.

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.

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