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Third arrest made in middle school fight caught on video

March 26th, 2014 11:03 am by Brad Hicks

Third arrest made in middle school fight caught on video

Jarid Briggs

ERWIN - The Unicoi County Sheriff's Department has arrested a third adult officials say was present at a recorded fight between two Unicoi County Middle School students.

Jarid Engle Briggs, 22, 118 Briggs Lane, Flag Pond, was arrested at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday. Briggs was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal trespassing.

UCSD Chief Investigator Ronnie Adkins said officials received statements that Briggs witnessed the fight between the two 13-year-old girls. Adkins said police also received statements that Briggs may have filmed the scrape with the phone of one of the female juveniles involved.

"We felt his actions encouraged what was going on at the time, therefore we charged him along with the other two adults that were there," Adkins said.

On Thursday, sheriff's department officials arrested Amanda Rana Shelton, two days after officials say a video of the girls fighting was brought to their attention. Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said one of the girls involved in the fight posted the video to her Facebook account.

Hensley said previously that Shelton is the mother of one of the girls involved and was present when the fight took place at the old Flag Pond School. Sheriff's department officials said Shelton failed to intervene and directed her daughter on what to do during the fight. She was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal trespassing.

Of Friday, David Grant Shelton was arrested and also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal trespassing. Hensley said investigators determined David Shelton was also present when the fight took place and "egged on" the scuffle between the girls.

Both Amanda Shelton and David Shelton are scheduled to appear in Unicoi County General Sessions Court on April 17. Briggs was arraigned in Sessions Court on Wednesday afternoon, and a $2,000 corporate bond was set. He is also scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on April 17.

Adkins said officials believe Briggs' arrest may be the final one in the case.

"As of right now, unless we receive new information, this appears to be the last arrest," Adkins said. 

Read previous coverage of the incident at JohnsonCityPress.com.

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