UPDATE | Vice principal hurt in altercation with high school student in Ripley, W.Va.

Published: Nov. 20, 2019 at 4:24 PM EST
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UPDATE 11/20/19 @ 9:40 p.m.

We have more details about a fight between a student and vice principal at Ripley High School that ended with the administrator suffering a broken ankle.

The incident happened Wednesday, and Ripley Police say it broke out over a cell phone.

A female student, who had film footage of an earlier fight between two students, had her cell phone confiscated by Vice Principal Jeff Haskins. When that student tried to get the phone back, she hit him and, as he was moving away from her, he broke his ankle, police say.

Ripley Police Chief Bradley Anderson is asking everyone involved to wait for all the facts to come out.

"We just ask that you let us continue our investigation and that we don’t go to social media and form our own opinions and escalate the situation into more than what it is," Anderson said.

The chief said it appears that Haskins will need surgery for his broken ankle. The student didn't have any injuries, as far as investigators could tell. She was not transported by medics and was signed out by a guardian before the end of the school day.

Findings of the Ripley Police investigation will be handed down to the Jackson County prosecutor, who will file charges against the student.

Ripley High School Principal Beverly Shatto had no comment about the incident.


A vice principal at Ripley High School suffered minor injuries Wednesday during an altercation involving a student, the Ripley Police Department says.

Details about what led up to the incident aren’t available at this time.

Police say investigators are taking statements and reviewing security camera footage.

No names have been released at this point.

Police say charges will likely be filed against the student involved. No information has been released about whether that student was injured.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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