NOW: 26 Arrested in Massive School Brawl

( – A massive brawl at an Illinois high school has resulted in 26 students being arrested on criminal charges.

Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office listed the charges, which include mob action, disorderly conduct, and aggravated battery of a peace officer. The students involved are between 14 to 18 years old, comprising 15 girls and 11 boys.

Two 18-year-old female students have been charged as adults due to their involvement in a fight at Alton High School on Aug. 30.

Precious Holloway is charged with aggravated battery of a school employee, a serious offense known as a “class 3” felony. This could result in a penalty of probation or up to five years in prison. Based on a report from the Belleville News-Democrat, Holloway allegedly attacked the school’s assistant principal.

A’Marie Robinson faces charges of aggravated battery in a public place, a “class 3 felony”, and mob action, a “class 4” felony that could mean probation or up to three years in prison. The News-Democrat reports that Robinson is accused of hitting several students.

The remaining 24 students, charged as juveniles, might face varying consequences that range from court supervision to possible commitment to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, where a student could be detained until they turn 21.

The attorney’s office confirmed that the brawl did not involve any weapons.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine commented on the incident, stating, “It is a tragedy whenever the criminal justice system becomes the appropriate tool to punish students for actions that occur in school. But where necessary, we will use all tools the law offers to ensure the safety of our schools. Our schools must be protected from crime and violence. Period.”

Following the brawl, the school district took measures of its own. According to the News-Democrat, 20 students were expelled, while 16 received extended suspensions. Additionally, a metal detector was installed at the school for increased security.

Local police have announced plans to add another school resource officer to the school. Madison County Sheriff Jeff Connor mentioned this plan, stating, “We’re moving forward with that,” as reported by The Telegraph.