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UA Police Investigate Student Altercation

The Upper Arlington Police Division is investigating an altercation between some Upper Arlington High School students that transpired on the evening of Friday, November 30, 2018 and appears to revolve around some missing money.

An initial report on the incident was made with the Police Division that night, by one of the student’s parents. Based on interviews and the information obtained immediately following the incident, the students involved were referred to the City’s Juvenile Diversion Program.

A video of the incident was shared with the Police Division on Thursday, December 6 and the division became aware of a previous altercation between two of the students that occurred Wednesday, November 28 in the High School Cafeteria. This additional information prompted a suspension of the Juvenile Diversion Program approach and the initiation of a full investigation by the Detective Bureau.

The video has also been shared publicly via social media, with various commenters speculating about what transpired and the nature of the incident. Since one of the students involved in the altercation is Asian, community members are expressing concern that the altercation may have been racially motivated. Currently, the evidence does not support that the altercation was racially motivated however the police plan to continue their investigation into this matter.

The Police investigation is in its beginning stages and we respectfully ask that the community allow detectives to complete their work to gain a full understanding of the events and determine an appropriate course of action. Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact the Police Division, at 614-583-5410.

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