NEWBERRY ‒ Five 13-year-olds have been charged with misdemeanor battery following a fight after school on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

According to Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Oak View Middle School’s School Resource Deputy (SRD) received word of a potential fight involving multiple students and followed a large group at about 4 p.m. as they went to a nearby business.

He encouraged one of the subjects to go home. As the student turned toward home, the deputy returned to the school to get his patrol car so he could continue to follow the group.

A fight developed off-campus and involved five 13-year-old suspects attacking a 14-year-old victim. The suspects have been charged with misdemeanor battery via sworn complaint.

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