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32 students arrested for fighting at Independence High

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said more than two dozen students from Independence High School were booked with misdemeanor disturbing the peace by fighting.
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INDEPENDENCE, La. — Authorities say more than two dozen students were arrested Tuesday for fighting in a Tangipahoa Parish high school. 

Another six were arrested Wednesday morning in a separate fight, school officials said. 

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said 26 students from Independence High School were booked with misdemeanor disturbing the peace by fighting Tuesday. School officials will determine if those students face other disciplinary action and if and when they can return to class.

Wednesday morning, Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said, another fight broke out. Six students were removed from campus because of that fight. 

None of the 32 will be allowed on campus until each one has undergone a disciplinary hearing. 

"Our team is following the procedures outlined in our school safety plan, and the students involved will face disciplinary action that could include placement at the Tangipahoa Alternative School or expulsion,” Stilley said.

The sheriff's office said the fighting caused the school to go into lockdown, restricting movement on campus.

Additional deputies were present at the school Wednesday as a precaution, Edwards said.

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