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17-year-old DeLand High School student has been charged with felony aggravated battery after an incident in the aftermath of a disruptive Feb. 23 fight at the school.

The DeLand Police Department said the fight, which initially involved seven DHS students, escalated when two of those students left the fight scene. Police said one of the two students picked up the other and threw him onto concrete.

The victim, who is not being identified, landed on concrete directly on his head and neck area and suffered serious injury, police said. He was transported to AdventHealth DeLand and then to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando.

Charles Jordan was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery. Jordan was also charged with a misdemeanor, disruption of school functions, as were the other six students involved in the fight.

Police said the fight caused a major campus disruption and prevented students and staff from going about their normal activities.

“The DeLand Police Department does not condone this type of behavior and will investigate and prosecute those who engage in this type of behavior to the highest extent. We will release more information as the situation evolves,” the police department said.

A disturbing video sent to The Beacon clearly shows the encounter between the two students and the injury. Police said both the initial fight and the subsequent assault were both caught on video that has been provided to the State Attorney’s Office.


  1. The parents have to do better, plain and simple. This behavior is being encouraged in all the middle and high schools. These kids do not know how to socialize or communicate without violence or harassment. The schools can not keep teachers, substitutes and helper period! No one wants to help…..Im pleading for Deland High, DMS, Southwestern and all other schools in volusia county for parent envolvement, they need help. Please consider sparing an hour to volunteer at your kids school and get involved with helping.


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