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Fight Breaks Out at Amity High School

Six students were arrested following the alleged altercation in a hallway.

[Editor's note: this article has been updated from its orginal version to correct the charges filed in this case.]

Six Amity High School students are due to appear in court next week on charges stemming from an alleged fight in a hallway.

In a report released Thursday, Woodbridge Police said the fight took place on Monday at approximately 1:32 p.m. "The initial fight began with two students, and was followed by subsequent outbreaks involving four other students," police said.

Police only released one of the students' names, as the five others are considered minors under the law. The student whose identity was disclosed, Michael Battles of Orange, was charged with disorderly conduct. The juveniles were arrested on charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, police said.

All are due in court on Feb. 15.

According to an article by the New Haven Register, Amity Principal Charles Britton sent a note home to parents about the altercation. In it he said the incident was caught on video and that some students sustained injuries, but they did not appear to be serious.

Jessie Brown February 08, 2013 at 03:03 PM
old news....this happened on Monday and you are just posting it now? I thought internet news was supposed to be more instant...your superficial articles are a waste of time.
A friend February 08, 2013 at 07:46 PM
That teacher is a wonderful teacher and why should it matter if it was her son named and where she teaches. We don't know the circumstances. You shouldn't always believe what you read. What happened to the saying "if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all?"
kathie hoffman February 08, 2013 at 08:13 PM
It is not a good idea to judge. You never know what will happen in your own life. By the way, his mother is an "awesome" teacher. Totally agree with the above comment "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything AT ALL"!
Allison February 08, 2013 at 08:31 PM
First of all this is false information and you can be in trouble for this. The boy whos name was disclosed(Michael) was NOT charged with assault. I also know the mom through school and my daughter had her. ( She's in college but Mrs.Battles is still her favorite teacher!) It's really a shame that the orange patch allows you to post these nonsense articles especially when the information isn't even true! This isn't the first time i've seen something falsely posted on this website. Maybe you should think twice before believing everything you see on this site!
concerned citizen February 08, 2013 at 08:39 PM
hahaha thought "Seth" was a made up name. So sad for people like him/her.
Jane Hill February 08, 2013 at 11:59 PM
What kind of person that is a mother/battered woman could be so insensitive to slander a troubled boy and his parents? People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Mara Dalrymple February 09, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Come on people, be for real stop sugar coating. This is the problem we have in our so called SUBURBAN neighborhoods then when a kid does something horrific, you all testify on TV how bad he was when their were a kid. Wake up! the kid got in trouble. This is not false or inaccurate news. ITS FACT, If you have a problem with that complain to Woodbridge police or the Orange patch for reporting it. Its public information. But i guess if you didn't know the kids parents you'd all agree with me, well i,ve got news for you, he needs a lawyer so go defend him and BTW my name is not hidden like most of you, so stop with the "concerned citizen or a friend " reveal your true identity but i guess if you are family that's not possible is it. Good day everyone i need to go shovel.
Mara Dalrymple February 09, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Facts from the patch...lets keep Freedom of information alive, Or else stop reporting police reports. The patch should not choose who they want to report crimes on.
Mara Dalrymple February 09, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Deleting comments that are facts from police reports are inappropriate.It raises concerns as to what the comment box is for, as long as no false accusations, improper or abusive language, the identity of a minors name and/or residential address.
Gretchen February 09, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Who is the teacher that people are referring to in the comments? and who is slandering anyone? The comments are so confusing. As a town resident I like to know what is happening and the charges are easily checked by the State of Ct Judicial website, when you take the time to check it appears accurately reported above. It's also funny how internet clueless people are, all the comments only makes the article more prevalent on the site.
Linda February 09, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Those of us who have kids love them more than anything in the whole world! They are ALL good kids! Sometimes they make mistakes, we all make them. If you cannot be supportive than just be quiet.
Gretchen February 09, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I'm still confused by Linda's comment. Did the article say anyone didn't love their children? If your child makes a "mistake" large enough to be published in a regional newspaper then you need to expect it to be covered locally. But it's a mistake typically a glass of spilled milk and not a school fight? What did the children think the outcome would be? What happened to the days when discipline was handled at home? Why don't these kids have enough homework to keep them buried at home and doing family projects? That's how it was when I sent my kids to school. In light of Adam Lanza and Newtown, no one should be keeping quiet about any erratic behavior or told to be quiet in the comments section of a public website.
Jen P. February 09, 2013 at 06:33 PM
26 people were killed at sandy hook. one kid got a bloody knuckle in this fight. they dont compare at all and its insensitive to relate them to eachother. sorry Gretchen but theres no right way to put this...your wrong
Mara Dalrymple February 09, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Gretchen... so true, nicely written. The one thing i am deeply concerned about at Amity High school is the fact of how the school cannot seem to handle its students.Gone are the days of a principal doing a REAL principals job. In my day i was sweating bullets when i had to report to my principal and then i would cry for hours knowing i had to deal with my parents after. My former principal always set the kids straight. It seems that Amity HS's request for police intervention is very high, maybe making $$six figures$$ allows this Principal a no involvement rule. The school has as much issues of criminal behavior than some of the most notorious HS's in the state. As i reported before, the school digger rankings seems to put Amity ranked as one of the best schools in the state, but this is so misleading as the rankings are of 10th grade students only. The school works extremely hard to get this on paper then the kids are forgotten about in the most critical years (JR and Senior years). I'm sure there will be more arrests next week.
Mara Dalrymple February 09, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Gretchen... so true, nicely written. The one thing i am deeply concerned about at Amity High school is the fact of how the school cannot seem to handle its students.Gone are the days of a principal doing a REAL principals job. In my day i was sweating bullets when i had to report to my principal and then i would cry for hours knowing i had to deal with my parents after. My former principal always set the kids straight. It seems that Amity HS's request for police intervention is very high, maybe making $$six figures$$ allows this Principal a no involvement rule. The school has as much issues of criminal behavior than some of the most notorious HS's in the state. As i reported before, the school digger rankings seems to put Amity ranked as one of the best schools in the state, but this is so misleading as the rankings are of 10th grade students only. The school works extremely hard to get this on paper then the kids are forgotten about in the most critical years (JR and Senior years). I'm sure there will be more arrests next week.
Jon Doe February 10, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Well, I guess the days of, boys will be boys, is just a distant memory. And although I too recall the fear of parental wrath at even the slightest perceived school yard or classroom disrespect or misbehavior, I also remember boys occasionally fighting or engaging in school yard pranks that today would undoubtedly cause an immediate summons of the local police with subsequent arrests, lawyers etc... Frankly, I think it is ridiculous to involve the police in some of the minor situations I have heard about. There are other more appropriate and productive ways to handle many of these misbehaviors. The truth is....boys will be boys, and when they grow up, the vast majority of them, in-spite of their youthful indiscretions, will become very productive citizens. And finally, Amity High School, although not perfect, is a very good school in many respects. As for the current principal, Charles Britton, I spoke with him once a few years ago and was very impressed. Clearly a man who is able to think outside the box.
Mara Dalrymple February 11, 2013 at 01:14 AM
You see, again with the unknowns. Jon Doe wrote "As for the current principal, Charles Britton, I spoke with him once a few years ago and was very impressed. Clearly a man who is able to think outside the box" You spoke to him once a few years ago...really! when was that again, 2006 or 2007 and only once uh. I guess you've convinced me then I guess we should all think out of the box with him then....whatever box that is.
Mara Dalrymple February 11, 2013 at 05:29 PM
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/connecticut/rankings Jon Doe whoever you are. You all owe it to yourself to check out US news best CT schools for 2012. This is a real in depth knowledge of the quality and placement of the schools in CT. Grades 9-12 and their readiness prep for college bound students. This may surprise many of you as to where Amity is....shockingly we are at 50 along with Ansonia and Bassick in Bridgeport. Amazingly the 3 of the New Haven magnet schools have done well.Being an Amity resident and paying so much in taxs along with the glorious postcard setting we demand more. Dont be mislead that our schools are the best or even close to it. Ivy league admission reps are not banging the doors for our kids as they are in Fairfield county schools.
Jeff Reddner February 11, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I hope they get what they deserve, you break the law, you should be man enough to take the punishment! Plain and simple. And people.....Take some responsibility for your kids behavior after all you taught them!
Joe Falcigno February 13, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Bravo Seth & Jeff! Drugs are rampant at Amity. They should have a squad of cops there, metal detectors too! Kids today have no respect, because of poor parenting and minimal parental participation. Wasn't like this years ago.....my how times have changed :(
concerned February 15, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Zero tolerance. PERIOD. The students need to understand consequences.
Jose Chippwa February 15, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Why would it matter if the mother is a good teacher?? A good person?? If her son was involved in a fight, HE, at 18 years of age should be accountable. Ask yourself this Jane, Allison, Kathie, A Friend - What if on the other end of his punches lies your son or daughter?...What if your son or daughter went to Amity that day to learn and better themselves for their future, however had to be rushed to the emergency room for a broken skull? Just wondering if you would be so concerned about the mother then.....Laughable....Not the same huh??? As Jeff sstates above - Take responsibility!!!
Anthony February 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM
haha jose nice try but i am an amity student and watched the fight. two students were fighting while the rest of the kids were trying to break it up. clearly you cant read because it states that he was charged for disorderly conduct NOT assault while the others were charged for assault. i think its funny how pathetic a bunch of adults are wasting time commenting on this. the kid is double the size of most kids in the school...if he were fighting someone would have been seriously injured. god forbid someone tried to intervene and break up the fight. you guys have nothing better to do than to be tough behind your computers all day? get a life!
KB February 22, 2013 at 03:30 PM
He didn't punch anyone. He was helpingto pull kids off. Were you there?
patti a February 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM
OMG this incident is SO OVER....................move on

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