PBSO: West Boca Girl Fight Not A Hate Crime, Charges Pending

West Boca High School Girl Fight

This fight, captured on video, was not a hate crime, according to PBSO.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — PBSO says the highly publicized fight in South County Park last week between two girls — one from Olympics Heights High School and another from West Boca High School was NOT a hate crime.

From PBSO:

BSO deputy met with West Boca Raton High School officials and confirmed the identity of all the suspects involved.  The suspect’s and their families have been interviewed.  All participants agreed the fight was over “a boy” and “a video that was circulated”.  All parties AGREED to meet and to fight and a specific location and time.  PBSO Deputy is preparing paperwork to charge the suspects involved with Simple Battery.  Once complete, the investigation will be submitted to the state attorney’s office.  THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF A HATE CRIME.

Here is the original advisory from police:

On Thursday, December 21, 2017, two students; one from West Boca Raton High School and the other from Olympic Heights High School agreed to meet over an ongoing dispute.  The victim, student from West Boca Raton HS, was under the impression the two were meeting to “talk”.  The suspect, student from Olympic Heights HS apparently told the victim she wanted to meet to fight.  The victim agreed to meet anyway.  Both victim and suspect arranged to meet at South County Park at 2 pm.  An altercation took place, hence the video that is circulating.  The crowd dispersed after the altercation.

Sometime later, the victim’s mother called PBSO and PBSO deputy responded to the residence.  It was at that time that PBSO learned of the incident.  At NO time was “race” or “bullying” ever discussed