By Rick Palsgrove
A Madison Township Police officer was injured during a recent incident at Groveport Madison High School.
According to Madison Township Police Chief Gary York, Keith Mallory, the School Resource Officer since 2018 and a 17-year veteran with the Madison Township Police, sustained injuries to his head, elbow, and knee on Aug. 19. Mallory reported back to full-duty status on Aug. 23.
“Officer Mallory was in the cafeteria at Groveport Madison High School having lunch with a group of students when two other female students, who apparently did not know each other, began having a verbal argument,” said York. “Officer Mallory intervened, attempting to separate the two students and de-escalate the situation. The two students, while physically separated by Officer Mallory, continued to argue and began to physically go after one another, completely disregarding Officer Mallory, fighting through him to get to one another.”
York said that, during Mallory’s attempts to de-escalate the situation, he was bumped by one of the females and lost his balance due to a chair that had been knocked over and fell to the floor.
Police officials were told the students were fighting because of rumors about comments being made.
“The initial incident lasted only a couple of minutes,” said York. “Three school security guards broke up the fight after Mallory was bumped.”
York said both students were charged criminally with disorderly conduct for fighting on school grounds, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
“In speaking with school officials, additionally, both students will be facing an expulsion hearing by the school district,” said York.
York said fights at the school happen from time to time.
“It comes down to choices and consequences,” said York. “Sometimes the best choices aren’t being made.”