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Last updated 6:25AM ET
February 25, 2021
Oakwood College Plans No Action Following Melee
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Oakwood College said Tuesday it does not plan immediate disciplinary action against any students who were arrested during a confrontation with police that turned violent over the weekend, but it is offering them counseling.

Speaking after an afternoon news conference, school spokeswoman Michele Solomon said officials wanted to await the outcome of court action against the students before taking administrative steps.

"It's not that we don't plan to discipline, it's that we are waiting for the cases to end," she said.

The school's Web site said counseling and support services were available to anyone who was involved or may have been harmed by the incident, in which two police officers suffered minor injuries.

Police arrested 16 people all but two of them Oakwood students during a melee that began after officers broke up a fight between two young women following a basketball game at the school gymnasium on Saturday night.

Authorities said students began hitting and rocking a police car after an officer placed one of the women inside. The officer called for backup and sprayed a chemical irritant in an attempt to break up the crowd.

Charges included assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Oakwood, which is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist church, has 1,824 students.

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