In less than 30 minutes, all of the eight juveniles who were being detained for disrupting and fighting at Alice High School, were released to their parents after a detention hearing Friday morning.

“Juveniles are different then adults, that’s just the way the process works,” said County Judge L. Arnoldo Saenz, the presiding judge.

“If they have adequate adult supervision we are going to release them until they return for their court hearing.”

Saenz read each of the juveniles their rights and one by one each said they understood them.

Under the recommendation of the district attorney’s office, each was released and cuffs taken off with stipulations.

Under the guidance of their parents each agreed to a curfew, to report to the probation office once a week, have no association with the other juveniles who have also been charged with disruptive activity in a public school or disorderly conduct-fighting.

One of the juveniles had a charge of assault causing bodily injury.

They also are supposed to obey their parents and not violate any laws or ordinances, enroll and attend school regularly and are required to provide a urine specimen, according to the terms of the probation office.

Some of the students will have a status hearing in 45 or 90 days. 

Thirteen Alice High School students, including the juveniles, were arrested Wednesday when five related fights throughout the day broke out. One student allegedly had weapons in his possession – including several knives – and is facing weapons charges. 

Saenz said seven of the eight juveniles were in court for the first time.

“This is the first phase,” he said. “I think these kids got a rude awakening in detention.”