Teens are 16 and 14 years old

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Three female teenagers at the Alice High School were detained Tuesday and charged with assault after fighting with another female student, officials said.

As the fight was taking place about 1 p.m. Tuesday, security guard Joe Nino tried to stop the fight, sheriff officials said.

"While he was breaking up the fight, one of them struck him," said Deputy Jason Childers with the COPS In School program.

Childers said the girls were punching each other and pulling each other's hair.

According to COPS In School supervisor Lt. Cosme Castillo, three teenage girls were detained and transported to the Jim Wells County sheriff's office and processed. Two of the girls were taken to a juvenile facility and one was released to her parents because of a medical condition.

The three teenagers, ages 14 and two 16 year olds, are being charged with assault causing bodily injury, which is a Class A misdemeanor. The 14 year old is also being charged with assault to a public servant.

The victim in the fight sustained minor injuries to her face and neck, officials said. She was treated by the school nurse. The security guard had minor scratches to his arm, officials said.

Sheriff officials said the cause of the altercation is unknown.