A 13-year-old Oak Harbor boy is accused of stomping on a cell phone after about 20 middle school students gathered to watch two girls fight in May, according to court documents.
Prosecutors charged the boy in Island County Superior Court Oct. 14 with malicious mischief in the third degree, which is a gross misdemeanor.
Two girls from North Whidbey Middle School had been fighting at school and agreed to meet at the Skate Park to fight, according to an Oak Harbor police officer’s report. The report indicates that one of the girls had been bullied on social media.
About 20 other students walked with the girls to the area and many egged them on during the fight. The fight was brief and one of the girls suffered minor injuries, the report states.
During the fight, one of the girls threw the other’s cell phone into the nearby field.
The boy who was charged allegedly grabbed it and scrolled through photos; the girl’s mother called and he answered it, saying, “Your daughter is laying in a ditch,” the report states.
The woman was alarmed and notified the school, which reported to police that a student was missing. The girl was found shortly afterward.
A group of boys took the phone to a parking lot. Someone threw the phone to the ground and the boy stomped on it, smashing it, the report states. He later admitted to police that he stomped on it but said it was already broken, the report says.
Of course, students had videos of the fight and the phone stomping.
In a brief statement, school officials wrote that student safety remains the district’s top priority.
“When a situation arises around student safety, we work with the Oak Harbor Police Department and provide as much information and support we can,” the statement says. “When incidents occur off-campus and after school hours, we defer to the police department, as the district may have no standing for events that happen off-campus.”
The district indicated that “discipline may take place if determined appropriate” after the school’s investigation.