ST. GEORGE (ABC4 News) – St. George police are continuing to investigate a riot that broke out between students at an adolescent treatment center Sunday night, leaving 25 students and staff injured.
Police said a fight broke out between two male students at Red Rock Canyon School and the situation escalated around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, requiring dozens of officers from every Washington County agency.
Three school staff members were among the injured.
“There was a lot of rumor about stabbings or that there was an active shooter, which are false,” St. George police officer Tiffany Atkin said. “Luckily no real weapons other than hands and fists and maybe feet were involved.”
Officers said most received “bumps and bruises,” and five people were transported to the local hospital while the rest refused treatment. One of the male students was hit in the back of the head and required staples to the wound.
Police said they do not know what started the altercation between the two students.
“One of the males has a sister that attends the school also,” Atkin said. “She wasn’t happy with how things were being handled and she got involved, which kinda escalated the situation.”
Five students were taken to a juvenile detention facility, and a few more may be charged, according to Atkin.
The treatment facility’s website says the school offers therapy and substance abuse counseling for those between 12 and 18 years of age who suffer from emotional problems such as low self-esteem and poor coping skills or have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
ABC4 News met with a representative at Red Rock Canyon School who said the investigation is ongoing and would not provide further comment.