Nine students charged with disorderly conduct after fight at alternative school

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 1:40pm

Nine students are in custody after Metro police responded to a call about fighting at Jere Baxter Alternative Learning Center at about 10:30 Wednesday morning.

When an officer and school staffer broke up the first fight, another fight broke out amidst yelling and screaming, police said. No injuries were reported.

The department’s gang unit also responded, and while several known members from various gangs were involved, Metro’s gang unit determined the incidents were not gang related.

A disagreement over a romantic relationship appeared to be what caused the fights, police said. 

Seven of the students, ages 16 and 17, are charged in Juvenile Court with disorderly conduct. 

Two 18-year-olds, John Newsome and Roosevelt Thurmond, are also charged with disorderly conduct.  Newsome, of Whites Creek Pike, is being held in lieu of $2,500 bond. Additionally, Thurmond, of 14th Avenue North, is charged with marijuana possession. He is being held in lieu of $5,500 bond.

Any disciplinary actions the students may face at the school, according to Metro Nashville Public Schools spokeswoman Olivia Brown, will likely depend on their individual involvement, which will be determined through the followup investigation.

"And then we'll decide from there whether any additional disciplinary actions should be taken," Brown said, "and I imagine that there probably will be but ... it's too early to say."

Jere Baxter Alternative Learning Center is located 3515 Gallatin Road in East Nashville. The school serves students in grades 7-12 and who have had troubles in the system's conventional schools.