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Charges filed in school fight

Thursday, November 14, 2002

CHARLESTON - A fight that broke out at Charleston High School this week has resulted in charges filed against a 17-year-old.

On Wednesday, the Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed the felony charges against Jacqueline Johnson for the offense of assault in school property.

According to paperwork filed with the Mississippi County Circuit Court, a fight broke out at Charleston High School Wednesday between Johnson and Laskeika Hollis, 17. School officials attempted to separate the girls and after placing them in separate rooms, Johnson ran toward Hollis and continued assaulting her.

As a result of the assault, Hollis suffered a physical injury to her head. Following an investigation, Johnson was arrested and taken into custody by Charleston Department of Public Safety Officer Beth Acup.

According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory Spencer, Johnson is facing a range of punishment that could result in a sentence of up to five years in prison.

"The Missouri legislature enacted the Safe Schools Act in 1997, in an effort to combat violent assaults that occur on school property," said Spencer.

Johnson was charged under Section 565.075 of the revised statues of Missouri that makes it a felony for any assault, resulting in physical injury, that occurs on school property.

This charge was created as a result of the Safe Schools Act.

"This statue enhances the punishment for what might otherwise be a misdemeanor assault to the level of a felony if that assault occurs on school property," said Spencer.

Bond has been set by the court at $10,000 and Johnson is expected in court for her initial arraignment on Nov. 20.