Garfield High School in Florida has taken the unusual step of having its principal, James Burrows, arrested after the school district announced he would be charged with aggravated assault and violating his probation.
The district announced on Friday that it would charge Burrows with aggravated battery, reckless endangerment and failing to follow orders, according to a statement from Garfield Superintendent Scott Jones.
A statement from the Garfield School District said the arrest was related to a fight on campus that occurred last Friday night.
“In the course of that fight, two Garfield students were arrested and charged with a felony,” the statement read.
“These students are facing felony charges that are serious and are subject to the full force of the law.
We hope to resolve the matter with the student who has been arrested and the district as quickly as possible.
We appreciate the support of our students and staff during this difficult time.”
Burrows was initially arrested on charges of aggravated assault on Tuesday, the Garment District said.
A spokesman for the Garlock County Sheriff’s Office said Burrows has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
Garfield has a high concentration of students from impoverished backgrounds, and the school is among several in Florida with low suspension rates.
The district also has a strong reputation for maintaining a high level of discipline.
On Thursday, Garfield Police Chief James McKeon said that he was “aware of reports that Mr. Burrows had been arrested for assault” and that officers were investigating.
“This is an incredibly serious situation,” McKeons said.
“I am aware of reports by a member of the public that Mr Burrows was arrested for an assault in the district that is currently under investigation by the Garmore Police Department.”
We are in contact with the police department to provide any additional information necessary,” he added.
A spokesman for Garfield’s principal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier this week, Garmore High School’s principal resigned after an investigation by Garment County officials found that Burrows violated the terms of his probation by failing to report his arrest, according the district’s statement.”
The school district is working closely with the local authorities to make sure the district is on top of the situation and that it is not negatively impacting our students or students from other communities,” the district said.
A video posted to YouTube by the New York Times showed a crowd of students chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Garfield, Garfields”.
It was posted on April 20, 2017, about a week after the shooting.
The video, which has been viewed more than 1 million times, shows students from Garmaine High School, Garstons own school, and a third school, Garfield Middle School, all protesting outside the principal’s office, which they say Burrows owns.
On April 23, the New Jersey Department of Education sent out a letter to schools in the state asking them to suspend Burrows for a minimum of two months.
The letter said Burrow violated the conditions of his pre-trial release, including failing to pay his fine, and violating the terms and conditions of the supervision.
Burrows’ probation expired in May, and he is due in court on May 16 for a preliminary hearing.
Garfields school district posted on Facebook that the district was “committed to maintaining an atmosphere of respect, civility and fairness for all.”