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Haverhill

December 5, 2012

Guard hurt breaking up student fight

Scully says students involved in scuffle will be disciplined

HAVERHILL — A security guard at Haverhill High School was injured yesterday after he stepped in to break up a fight that was brewing between two male students. Officials said the guard and a teacher had moved the students away from each other when the guard was either pushed or lost his balance and fell to the floor, striking his head and face against a hallway wall.

School officials said the incident happened yesterday just before 10 a.m. in the area of the exterior shipping and receiving double doors near the cafeteria.

School Superintendent James Scully said security guard Bennie Scovotti was injured after he and a teacher stepped in to separate two male students, who appeared to be posturing for a fight. Scully said Scovotti was taken by ambulance to Holy Family Hospital. He said Scovotti was treated for his injuries and was expected to be released yesterday afternoon.

"These two boys have never had any discipline problems in the past to the best of my knowledge," Scully said. "Two kids got heated for whatever reason."

Scully said the incident happened in a busy and visible area where teachers and security personnel monitor students coming and going in the halls between classes and during lunch periods.

"We're dealing with a lot of children, and some have issues and some don't," Scully said. "We've had fights before, but it's unfortunate that a security guard has been hurt."

School officials said Scovotti has been employed by the school department since 2004.

Deputy Police Chief Donald Thompson said one of the boys, a 16-year-old, was arrested by a police school resource officer and was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit, a cement wall. He said the boy was transported to juvenile court in Lawrence for his arraignment on the charges.

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