SWAMPSCOTT — A young Danvers woman pleaded not guilty in Lynn District Court earlier this week to charges stemming from a fight inside Swampscott High Tuesday morning at the start of school in which police said she hit another female student's head into a wall.
Emily Emerson, 17, of 202 Maple St., Danvers, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a wall; disorderly conduct; and disturbing a school assembly around 8:28 a.m. Tuesday, police said. The assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge is a felony.
Emerson, who attends Swampscott High because a relative lives in town, allegedly had a fight the night before on the phone with the victim, who is also 17, Sgt. Tim Cassidy said.
"They decided to settle it in the classroom," Cassidy said. During the subsequent altercation, Emerson allegedly smashed the victim's head into a wall, and she suffered a facial laceration and complained of a headache, Cassidy said. She was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment.
Assistant District Attorney Danielle Doherty-Wirwicz asked for $750 bail, and Lynn District Court Judge James Wexler released Emerson on $500 surety, said Steve O'Connell, a spokesman for the Essex County District Attorney's office.
The judge also ordered Emerson to stay away from the victim and issued a bail warning, meaning if Emerson gets into any further legal trouble, her bond could be revoked, and she could be held without bail for up to 60 days in Middleton Jail. Attorney D.J. Phillips represented Emerson.
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