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Adult causes fight among students at bus stop, then joins in, Florida police say

A woman in Florida is accused of inciting a fight between students at a school bus stop and then joining the fight when it escalated, according to a video shared by police.

Two students were waiting for the bus with their peers on the morning of March 1 when they began arguing, Haines City Police Chief Greg Goreck said at a March 5 news conference.

The verbal argument quickly escalated and the students began physically fighting, Goreck said.

“What makes this newsworthy is that one of the students’ adult family members decided to get involved in the fight as well,” Goreck said. “In fact, inciting a fight between the two young people.”

Goreck said the family member, an adult woman, should have been at the bus stop to make sure all the children boarded the bus safely, but instead she shouted profanities and encouraged the fight before joining in.

McClatchy News is not naming the woman to protect the identity of her juvenile relative.

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Haines City police shared video of the fight taken by a student who was also at the bus stop.

In the video, the fight starts with one student pushing another, then others get involved and students start throwing punches at each other.

The fight continues until the family member walks up to two students, one knocking the other to the ground, and encouraging the fight to continue.

At one point, the student’s guardian punches another student who came forward to break up the fight and has to be pulled away, the video shows.

“The involvement of an adult in encouraging and participating in a teenage fight at a bus stop is unacceptable and deeply concerning,” Goreck said in the Facebook post. “This behavior not only escalates violence, but also falls short of our community’s expectations of adults’ responsibility to help protect our children.”

The student who first started the fight was charged with battery, and their guardian was charged with battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the police chief said.

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Haines City is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Orlando.

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