CHESTERMERE, Alta. - Three southern Alberta girls who were originally accused of causing a disturbance by initiating a group fight now face assault charges.

Police say the initial charges have been dealt with alternatively under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Last week, police said several young people got into an argument that quickly developed into a physical fight at a school in Chestermere east of Calgary.

Officers said one girl suffered minor injuries, although two girls told the media they were lured away from school property and severely beaten.

It was reported the alleged perpetrators and victims were all girls in Grades 8 and 9.

The mother of one of the girls said she had complained to the school before and several other parents had approached her to say bullying was an ongoing problem.