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No charges made in skate-park altercation

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By Lisa King

Shelbyville Police said Thursday they were not aware of charges being filed in the investigation of a fight earlier this month at the skate park in Shelbyville.

SPD Chief Robert Schutte had said Wednesday that the altercation involving several juveniles had been referred to Shelby County Attorney Hart Megibben for evaluation.

"I don't know anything more than I did the other day," Schutte said.

On Sept. 13 a fight broke out among teenagers who had been having an ongoing feud, and at least one boy received injuries that required him to be taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville the next day.

The incident was recorded by closed-circuit cameras, but police have not been willing to make the video available to the public. Neither will officials release police reports or name those involved because all are juveniles, they say.

The Sentinel-News has not been able to confirm officially the names of those who reportedly were involved.

Attempts to contact the families of others allegedly involved or who have witnessed the feud have been unsuccessful.

The incident followed a skirmish in the lobby at Shelby County High School earlier that week, and Shelby County School Superintendent James Neihof said that he could not comment on the incident at the skate park but only on the incident at the school.

He said he could not reveal specific details about who was disciplined or in what fashion after that incident, because the students involved are all juveniles.

"I can say that we have taken disciplinary measures, which is standard procedure for fighting on school grounds," he said.

Neihof added that penalties for fighting vary from in-school suspension to expulsion.

"We can expel a student for a wide range of offenses," he said.

In comments to The Sentinel-News, Barbara Morgan of Shelbyville said her son was the boy in the fight at the skate park who had received the head injury. In an E-mail on Thursday, she said the person she referred to was her nephew.

She added that he had a concussion and went to two physicians as well as the hospital for tests.

She said he was not involved in the fight at the school and that he "wasn't into any of this until he was beaten at the skate park.

"There were actually a group of at least five or more that swarmed our boys, but only three that beat them," she said.