Missoula County Coverage

Oct 11, 2012 5:35 PM by Irina Cates - KPAX News

Frenchtown HS. student injured in fight over a girl

MISSOULA- A 17-year-old Frenchtown High School student suffered a concussion in a fight over a girl and now he and a 16-year-old boy are facing misdemeanor charges.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says the fight, during the lunch hour Tuesday at Frenchtown Pond State Park, stemmed from an ongoing issue between the two involving a girl.

Investigators say the 17-year-old went to the park and another student brought down the 16-year-old that he was supposed to fight.

The Sheriff's Office says some of the students who were there watching, taped the fight and it shows the 17-year-old throwing the first punch.

"Both of the boys threw several punches at each other. One just connected ore than the other and unfortunately the one boy fell backwards and hit his head. It's believe that he was knocked out for a brief period from striking his head on the ground," says Detective Jason Johnson, Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

Johnson says after the fight, the 16-year-old and the students who were watching left the 17-year-old boy laying on the ground at the park. Two girls ended up helping him get back to the school where the sheriff's office was brought in to investigate.

The 16-year-old is facing a misdemeanor assault charge, while the 17-year-old is being charged with disorderly conduct.

Frenchtown Superintendent Randy Cline tells us the school will not comment on the incident at this time. He also says he can't disclose the disciplinary action being taken against the two teenagers.


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