The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is wrapping up its investigation of a series of fights that took place after school at La Marque High School and led to two arrests on Friday afternoon.

The fights, which officials are describing as a brawl because of the spectators and the fact that more than 20 people were present, took place a little before 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot outside of La Marque High School and involved students from Texas City High School, La Marque High School as well as some parents.

After combing through videos posted on social media over the weekend, law enforcement and school officials have identified 26 people — eight adults and 18 students — who will be charged with either disorderly conduct or trespassing as of Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Brent Cooley said.

Two people were arrested Friday on criminal trespassing charges, Cooley said.

“We had to go through a process of examining the video footage and have administration and staff identify each person,” he said.

The charges are all misdemeanor offenses, Cooley said. Warrants will be issued for the eight adults and complaints will be mailed to the students’ parents and guardians this week.

The fight, which was filmed and reposted on social media over the weekend, was over a disagreement between students involving a girl, Cooley said. It’s unclear whether the fights were scheduled or took place spontaneously, he said.

The juveniles will be sent to alternative school as required under the school’s code of conduct, Cooley said.

“It was a sizable fight and notable based on the number of students involved,” he said. “But the reason behind the fight is nothing new.”

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(7) comments

Rusty Schroeder

Since the GCDN has been fixated on racial tensions in the county lately, I would be interested of the racial make-up of those involved in the brawl. It could help shed some light on the racial tension that has been reported to exist.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Fixated? 🙄... A day in my shoes....

Rusty Schroeder

Read the Sunday paper series...…. it's a legitimate question. Trade you for a day in my boots.

Dedrick Johnson

The Sunday paper features an article on race RELATIONS... not just racial tension. This seems to be part of the problem. People think that all conversations pertaining to race are based on tensions and problems. Hence the reluctance of most to engage in such conversations.

Doug Sivyer

What kind of parent would condone these actions? They should be charged with something and ordered to go through good parenting counseling!

Kelly Naschke

How about some info as to what started this “brawl”? What kind of “parents “ not only condone this behavior, but participate in it? If I hadn’t read this, I would think such behavior was unfathomable. Shame on these parents.

Rusty Schroeder

Article said it was over a girl.

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