George Hiotis

District Completes Woodlawn Cemetery Fight Investigation

by George Hiotis on May 9, 2014 at 5:04 am

The Zanesville City School District has completed its investigation into the Woodlawn Cemetery fighting incident.  On April 22nd there was a fight between some students from the Zanesville Community High School – on a field trip – and a jogger passing through the cemetery.  In a press release Zanesville City School officials say the investigation into the event has led to charges being filed by police on the students involved, as well as suspensions and expulsions by the Zanesville Community High School and the issuance of verbal warning for the staff that were chaperoning the students that day.  Zanesville Police say 45-year-old David Roush of Zanesville was passing by the group of 14 to 16 students when he saw one of the students throw a rock and hit a sign.  Chief Kenneth Miller says Roush stopped and confronted the students and several words were exchanged.  Miller says Roush then challenged the students to meet him at the top of the hill.   Chief Miller says the group followed and student 18-year-old Larry Hamilton began fighting with Roush.  Miller said as they were on the ground another student, a 17year-old, kicked Roush in the side causing a partially collapsed lung and bruised ribs.  Miller says while Roush was lying there two more students assaulted him or attempted too. The Chief says the charges against the juvenile students included assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.  Miller says Roush was also charged in the incident.