Two juveniles with gang affiliations were arrested Tuesday at Gainesville High School on disorderly conduct charges, but the incident appears unrelated to a fatal gang shooting that happened Sunday, authorities said Wednesday.
The arrests came two days after a shooting that killed one and injured three others outside an East Hall subdivision, but police said the disturbance at the school did not appear to be directly related.
Gainesville Police Lt. Brian Kelly said the two 16-year-old males, whose names were not released because of their ages, claimed membership to gangs that were not involved in Sunday’s fatal shooting.
One of the juveniles claimed membership with the Mexican Vatos Society, or MVS, while the other said he was a member of BOE, also known as "Busting on Everybody," according to Kelly.
At about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, one teen confronted the other over threats of physical violence, according to Kelly. A school resource officer saw the argument, in which the teens gestured gang "signs" at each other, and escorted them to the principal’s office, Kelly said.
The teens admitted to being gang members and were charged with disorderly conduct. They were released to the custody of their guardians.
The gangs involved in Sunday’s shooting were rivals SUR-13 and La Onda 5.
The shooting put police and sheriff’s officials on high alert, with increased law enforcement presence at area middle schools and high schools in hopes of averting any retaliatory incidents.
"We’re stepping up our enforcement in schools because of the incident that occurred over the weekend," Kelly said. "We’re not going to tolerate this."
Gainesville High School Principal Chris Mance was not available for comment Wednesday afternoon.