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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — A 15-year-old student charged in a large fight at Clover Hill High School Tuesday says she and her friends are not in a gang.

Three of the four students were charged with a variety of crimes, including criminal street gang participation and gang activity in a gang-free school zone, after an early morning fight broke out. Chesterfield police said one of the students, a 17-year-old male, was Tasered by the school resource officer who was attempting to break-up the fight.

Takeana Minicks, who was charged with assault, told CBS 6 News that she and her friends call themselves "Finesse," but maintains that it is just a nickname for their group of friends.

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Takeana Minicks and Natasha Byrd

“We’re not in a gang. It’s just what we call each other," Minicks said. "It’s called Finesse Gang. But it's really not a gang, we're just family -- that's all."

Minicks said an Instagram post prompted the brawl, which she said started at the bus drop off area and then spilled into the cafeteria.  That's when video captured the chaos in which Minicks said she was punched in the head by two different people and bitten.

Natasha Byrd, Takeana's mother, said her daughter and her three friends were defending themselves against the other group of students. She questions why none of those other students have been been charged.

“It was just four of them,” Natasha Byrd said. “It doesn’t make sense that the four get punished and the other 12 did not."

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April Gray

April Gray, the mother of one of the 17-year-old students arrested, said her son is the boy in the white shirt being hit in the video.

“I’m appalled by the video because my child is on the ground being beaten,” Gray said. “And he’s now under arrest with felony charges.”

Byrd and Gray are upset that they were not contacted by school officials or police earlier. The women said they learned about the fight from friends.

School officials said that they were able to reach all the parents of students involved in the fight by the afternoon.

Additionally, some parents told CBS 6 News that they were concerned by a "vague" email sent home after the fight.

Police said their investigation is ongoing and that additional charges could be filed in this case. If you have information -- or video of the incident that could help investigators, call Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

Chesterfield Public Schools officials deferred questions about the incident to police.

Depend on CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for the most complete updates on this important local story. 

19 comments

  • Gregor

    Gang: (noun) a group of youngsters or adolescents who associate closely, often exclusively, for social reasons, especially such a group engaging in delinquent behavior (Source: Dictionary.com)

    • marie

      I was thinking the same thing. She says they weren’t a gang then continues to define what they were which is the definition of a gang, smh. Just dumb and sad.

    • ts

      I agree, these parent better wake up and recognize. Of course shes gonna say its not a gang. But dont gangs believe the same thing…we’re just family. kids do not always tell the truth. I hope thins young lady learns a lesson and refocuses her life after this. It may be her only opportunity before she gets in too deep.

  • G W

    Kudos to the resource officer for not hesitating to use the taser. If only more people had tasers available in other situations there would be less strife.

  • Robbie

    Another bunch of misunderstood gentle giants that were all members of a Sunday school class. Resource officer probably tased him after he raised his hands and yelled don’t tase. I’m getting t-shirts printed saying hands up don’t tase. No justice, no peace!

  • Doug

    The mother has a point: if witnesses saw up to 20 people involved in this fight, why aren’t the other 16 people being charged as well? Find out who the other kids are and charge them too. Then put ALL of them out of school.

  • Manalishi

    Gang or not, the video clear shows feral animals during the height of primal behavior. Charge ALL of the aggressors.

  • Abigal

    In the video….there were students with the color red on…if you watch the video closely one student has a red banada tired around his ankle…..could it be a gang initiation? There are several students that has on red. Just watch the video closely.

  • Shane

    This is the definition of a gang per the code of Virginia, they meet the definition perfectly!

    “Criminal street gang” means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, (i) which has as one of its primary objectives or activities the commission of one or more criminal activities; (ii) which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol; and (iii) whose members individually or collectively have engaged in the commission of, attempt to commit, conspiracy to commit, or solicitation of two or more predicate criminal acts, at least one of which is an act of violence, provided such acts were not part of a common act or transaction.

  • SB

    Really Robbie, with all the school shootings that occur by whites, I’m surprised you would even tried to go there! Suspend them all and move on, these kids are a bunch of spoiled brats!

  • Doyle Hargraves

    Thank you Oliver Hill and Thurgood Marshall for integrating our schools….look at what you have created.

  • mbaker9105

    The only thing shocking to me is a person would identify themselves or their group gang whatever as something like ‘Finesse’. She looks like a guy. Maybe “Butchy Broads” would be a better name….

  • Unknown

    Also, dear Chesterfield:

    Expel them. Instances as such aren’t really selling points for your neighborhoods knowing that the ignorant ghetto spill over for benefits is reaching that far west.

  • Paula

    Doyle the dopehead. You are a fool that is too dumb to know that you are. All of you all fought and had a group of friends when we were young so don’t try to act like this is something you never heard of. Stop being so rightous. No it not right to start trouble but stop acting like you all is the judge. Is all the negative because of the race of the kids? Well atleast they didn’t get a gun and shoot half of class like the white kids do.

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