Two charged in ACHS assault case

By Adam Orr -

WEST JEFFERSON-Two Ashe County High School students were charged last week following an alleged assault on a third student.

That’s according to Ashe County Sheriff James Williams and school district officials.

Ashe County High School Resource Officer Joe Francis said a disagreement between three students led to a confrontation at the school on Dec. 10. During the scuffle, the victim’s clavicle was seriously injured, Francis said.

“That’s the dividing line for us when we consider charges following these incidents,” Williams said Tuesday. “If it’s a normal kind of high school shoving match, that might not call for anything, but when a kid is seriously hurt we’ve got to take that into account.”

Francis said he and high school staff questioned multiple students about the events that led up to the incident. Ashe County High School Principal Jason Krider characterized the encounter as a misunderstanding that became physical.

“We’re not entirely sure about what led to it,” Francis said. “Something may have been said between the students; it may have been some kind of disagreement over a vape pen. We spoke to a lot of students about what happened.”

Both students charged in the incident are 17-years old, Francis said. One was charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury, while the second was charged with misdemeanor simple assault. Neither are currently in custody.

Krider said the district had taken additional disciplinary action against the students involved in the incident.

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