Woman charged with felony battery for altercation at Colfax High School

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  An 18-year-old woman who was a student at Colfax High School at the time of the incident has been charged with substantial battery, battery and disorderly conduct. 

Jennifer E. Huffman is scheduled for an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court April 18 before Judge James Peterson on one felony count of substantial battery causing bodily harm and two misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct. 

According to the criminal complaint, Huffman initiated a fight with another student at Colfax High School in February of 2016.

Colfax Police Chief William Anderson responded to the high school on the afternoon of February 5, 2016, where he located Huffman in the office of the high school principal.

John Dachel, the principal, told Police Chief Anderson that about a half hour earlier, a disagreement that turned into an altercation with another student had occurred in the commons area of the high school.

Huffman had punched the other student in the head repeatedly, had slammed the alleged victim’s head on the floor and wall, had pulled her hair, kicked her and scratched her, Dachel said, according to the criminal complaint.

Dachel also said that a teacher had tried to break up the fight and was bitten by Huffman hard enough to break the skin and cause an injury.

Police Chief Anderson learned there had been a disagreement between Huffman and the alleged victim earlier in the week and the altercation had been a continuance of the disagreement, according to the complaint.

When Police Chief Anderson met with the alleged victim, he observed bruising on her face and scratch marks on the side of her neck that appeared slightly bloody.

The alleged victim said she had been sitting at a table with some friends in the commons area, that her friends had asked about the disagreement from earlier in the week, that she had told them about the disagreement and that Huffman was sitting at a nearby table and heard what she was talking about.

Huffman started raising her voice and went over to where the alleged victim was sitting. The alleged victim said she ignored Huffman, who then attacked her, grabbed her hair, pushed her toward the floor and punched her in the face and head numerous times, according to the complaint.

The alleged victim told Police Chief Anderson she did not remember much after that and thought she had blacked out. She told the police chief she did not feel well and felt dizzy, according to the complaint.

Substantial battery causing bodily harm is a Class I felony that carries a penalty, upon conviction, of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a prison sentence of three years and six months.

Battery is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a penalty, upon conviction, of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to nine months.

Disorderly conduct is a Class B misdemeanor that carries a penalty, upon conviction, of a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to 90 days.