NewsWatch 12 learned today that two students were arrested after an incident at Hidden Valley High School last Thursday. The pair was arrested for Assault in the third degree by Josephine County Sheriff personnel and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.
Assault in the third degree is a Class C felony in Oregon. We’re working to determine if either student is still lodged and if either has been charged by the Josephine County District Attorney’s office.
Superintendent Dave Valenzuela of the Three Rivers School District told NewsWatch 12 today that a fight took place in a locker room between three students before a staff member was able to stop it last Thursday.
Valenzuela said the fight left one student injured. He says the altercation has drawn a lot of attention after a video of two students hitting another student was posted to social media.
Yesterday, students and parents gathered outside of the school for a walkout in protest of the attack. After the walkout, the principal, students, and parents met for several hours to talk about how the district could better handle student safety.
Valenzuela says students involved in the fight have been addressed, and the victim was back in school today, to his knowledge. He wanted to make it clear that this type of behavior between students is not tolerated, nor has it ever been.
Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel told NewsWatch 12 that his department investigates such school incidents whenever they are notified, which he says is not often. The incident last Thursday involved two students against one, which he said is not common.
The Sheriff’s department has a school resource officer assigned to the Three Rivers District. The officer rotates among all the schools in the district and was not on site last Thursday, according to Valenzuela.