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North Carolina student tased in cafeteria fight

Chances are pretty good that most high school or college students in North Carolina have witnessed a fight on school grounds before. Emotions run very high at young ages and the ability to control impulses may not be fully developed. While keeping students safe should be a top priority at all schools, minor incidences should not have to result in jail time, criminal records and a student arrest.

One North Carolina high school student is facing a lengthy list of charges for getting into a fight in a school cafeteria with another student. According to reports, the two boys started fighting. A teacher tried to step in and break up the fight and got hit by one of the boys. The boy was then tased and charged with assault on a school official, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, delaying arrest, and obstructing an officer. This is quite a hefty list of charges for a fight.

Students can trip up and make mistakes. Helping them learn from their mistakes is important so that they do not repeat those mistakes. When a young person is charged with underage drinking, drug possession, theft, disorderly conduct or simple assault, the punishments and charges do not always need to be set at the maximum.

This is not to say that young people should always be let off with a slap on the wrist. Serious crimes certainly deserve appropriate punishment. However, it should not be out of the question to take a young person's age and maturity level into consideration when dealing with a minor infraction.

It is important that a young student understands the impact a criminal charge can have on his or her school and career. A conviction may mean putting these things in jeopardy. Dealing with juvenile charges effectively can help young people focus on the future and hopefully putting the charges behind them.

Source: fayobserver.com, "Taser used on E.E. Smith student during fight," March 6, 2012

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