Staff Member Had Heart Attack While Breaking Up Fight At John Marshall High Wednesday

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News has learned that a staff member at John Marshall High School had a heart attack in the midst of a large altercation Wednesday.

School officials tell 8News that a teacher went to the hospital after suffering a heart attack in the middle of breaking up a massive fight. The teacher is still in the hospital.

Four security guards also went on their own to the hospital on their own for injuries sustained also while trying to break up the ordeal, according to a spokesperson for Richmond Schools, Cletisha Lovelace.

School officials originally told 8News on Wednesday that during school dismissal at 2:11 p.m., a fight broke out among “roughly ten students.” Officials said both male and female students were involved.

Serious charges are pending the police investigation for some students involved in the fight, according to a school board member.

Lovelace says that the school’s security team has placed additional staff and additional school resource officers on school grounds following Wednesday’s incident.

“In keeping with district policy, we are unable to provide any further details regarding this personnel matter,” a statement from schools said. “The district takes these matters seriously and has assigned additional security personnel to the school in response to Wednesday’s activities. As always, we remain committed to ensuring an optimal learning environment for all students and staff.”

School officials say that the situation at John Marshall, from what they have uncovered in their own investigation, the incident was isolated and not gang-related.

8News reporter Claudia Rupcich is working to learn more about this story. Watch 8News at 5, 5:30 and 6 for her full report.

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