Five juveniles were arrested after an attack on staff members at Mingus Mountain Academy in Prescott Valley Tuesday. Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the school at around 10:15 p.m. The caller stated staff members were being attacked by students and law enforcement was needed at the school at the 15-thousand-800 block of East Don Carlos Drive. By the time deputies arrived, officers from the Prescott Valley Police Department had stopped the attack. The incident started when a student failed to follow directions from the staff member and a physical confrontation ensued. Two other students joined the attack. A second staff member tried to break up the fight. At this point, the student who started the attack, grabbed a fire extinguisher and hit the first staff member in the face with it. During the fight, two other students vandalized the dorm room causing damage to a window a glass door and more. Deputies booked five students, ages 13 to 17, into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage and rioting. There was also an incident at the school back on Monday where a student assaulted a staff member with a rock. Mingus Mountain Academy is a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally at-risk adolescent girls.
May 07 2021