SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – More than a dozen students are facing charges after a fight at Southwood High School Thursday in which at least one student is accused of punching an assistant principal.

Devin Welch, 18, is charged with resisting an officer and disturbing the peace. (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office)

According to the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, the fight started right before school let out around 3 p.m. School resource officer Cpl. Calvin Williams responded to the fight in the campus courtyard. Williams called for backup and more officers arrived on scene.

All students who were arrested are charged with disturbing the peace and the sheriff’s office says two students are facing additional charges. One is charged with battery of a school teacher after allegedly punching Southwood’s assistant principal.

The other, identified as 18-year-old Devin Welch, was pepper-sprayed and handcuffed while allegedly resisting arrest and making threats towards Williams and a staff member. Welch was booked into Caddo Correctional Center on charges of resisting an officer and interference with the operation of a school.

In a statement released by the Caddo School District Friday morning they responded to the recent violence.

Caddo Schools condemns any act of violence. This week our district saw violence from the community make its way onto a school campus. Caddo recognizes the surge of incidents at Southwood High School and as a result, there will be random searches and increased security. We thank our law enforcement partners from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office for taking this matter seriously and increasing their presence at the high school. District level security has also been increased and will continue to support our schools in maintaining a safe learning environment.The individuals involved in any violent activities will continue to be held accountable by the Sheriff’s Office in accordance with state law. In addition, disciplinary action from the district will also be upheld. School is not the place for violence and we will do everything we can to ensure our schools are the quality learning environments every child deserves.

Caddo Parish Public Schools