Fight between students prompts police investigation
Posted by Associated Press on 19th May 2017
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A fight between two high school students in Anne Arundel County has led to a police investigation.

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The fight Thursday was captured on cellphone video and posted to social media. It involved girls who used to be friends. Both are on their school’s softball team, and each heard that the other was talking bad about her. They agreed to settle the dispute outside after school out of concern a fight would break out inside during school.

The fight drew a crowd, no one tried to break it up and one girl’s mother jumped into the fray.

Julianna Patterson suffered cuts and deep bruises on her face and back.

“I don’t really like remember it. I can’t feel how it felt, but I think I just got caught up in the moment. It just happened so fast, and after it was over, I was just, like, shocked that that happened,” she said. “What caught me off guard was her mom kicking and hitting me.”

Julianna’s father, Chris Patterson, is furious.

“It’s disgusting. I especially felt bad for the children that were there witnessing everything. It should have never went that far, especially with adults present. They should have stepped up, been parents and ended it there,” he said.

Chris Patterson wants Anne Arundel County police to file charges against the mother who jumped into the fight and another adult who could be heard in the video taunting his daughter. Patterson conceded that his daughter also holds some responsibility for fighting in the first place.

“She played a role. She wasn’t completely innocent, so she has consequences for this, too. She knows she could have made better choices,” Patterson said.

“I mean, I’d like to ah be friends with her again. I won’t hold it against her because I know she didn’t mean anything like this to happen. It’ll take time,” Julianna Patterson said.

No charges have been filed as Anne Arundel County police continue to investigate.

School officials said no one reported a fight on school property.

WEBVTT >> WHO ONCE IT — WANTS IT?DAVID: A VIOLENT DISPLAYPLAYING OUT.WE CANNOT PLAY THE AUDIO.TOO MANY EXPLETIVES.TEEN AGED GIRLS GOING ATIT,DRAWING A CROWD NO ONE TRIESTO BREAK IT UP AND WHAT HAPPENSSURPRISES EVERYONE.ONE OF THE GIRLS’ MOM JUMPS INTOTHE FRAY.JULIANNA, THE GIRL IN THE PINKSHIRT, SUFFERED CUTS AND DEEPBRUISES TO HER FACE AND BACK.>> I DON’T REALLY LIKE REMEMBERIT.I CAN’T FEEL HOW IT FELT BUT ITHINK I JUST GOT CAUGHT UP INTHE MOMENT.IT JUST ALL HAPPENED SO FAST.AND AFTER IT WAS OVER I WAS JUSTLIKE SHOCKED THAT THAT HAPPENED.WHAT REALLY JUST CAUGHT ME OFFGUARD WAS HER MOM KICKING ANDHITTING ME.DAVID: JULIANNA’S DAD ISFURIOUS.>> IT IS DISGUSTING.I ESPECIALLY FELT BAD FOR THECHILDREN THAT WERE THEREWITNESSING EVERYTHING.IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER WENT THATFAR, ESPECIALLY WITH ADULTSPRESENT.THEY SHOULD HAVE STEPPED UP,BEEN PARENTS AND ENDED IT THERE.DAVID: CHRIS WANTS ANNE ARUNDELCOUNTY POLICE TO FILE CHARGESAGAINST THE MOM WHO JUMPED INTOTHE FIGHT AND ANOTHER ADULT THATCOULD BE HEARD IN THE VIDEOTAUNTING HIS DAUGHTER.CHRIS CONCEEDES HIS DAUGHTERALSO HOLDS SOME RESPONSIBILITYFOR FIGHTING IN THE FIRST PLACE.>> SHE PLAYED A ROLE.SHE WASN’T COMPLETELY INNOCENT.SO SHE HAS CONSEQUENCES FOR THISTOO.SHE KNOWS SHE COULD HAVE MADEBETTER CHOICES.>> I MEAN I WOULD LIKE TO BEFRIENDS WITH HER AGAIN.I WILL NOT HOLD IT AGAINST HERBECAUSE I KNOW SHE DIDN’T MEANANYTHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN.IT’LL TAKE TIME.DAVID: NO CHARGES ARE FILED.ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY POLICE ARESTILL INVESTIGATING.SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY NO ONEREPORTED A FIGHT ON SCHOOLPROPERTY.