May 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Facebook messages lead to brawl at Whitman Middle School
A fight yesterday morning between students, siblings and parents at Whitman Middle School in Crown Hill apparently started as a result of Facebook messages related to a student’s sexual orientation, according to police.
One participant was arrested, according to a Seattle Police Department report. Two others suffered minor injuries.
The brawl started at about 7:45 a.m., as parents were dropping off their children for school, according to the report.
One parent told police she was there because she heard her daughter was going to be attacked by other students who had threatened her on Facebook. Another participant said she was dropping off her little sister when she was approached
An argument broke out, which led to shoving and then a full melee, according to the report.
At least five people were involved.
It ended when Whitman Principal Sue Kleitsch got tangled up in the melee, according to the report.
Police, called to the scene, helped break up the fight and interviewed those involved. They took one participant to King County Jail.
In a letter sent to the school’s parents later in the day, Kleitsch asked families to be careful with Facebook.
“If your student has a Facebook page, please monitor the activity,” Kleitsch wrote.
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