Mother of suspended student says Gaston principal played "race card" ;Developing: Prison riot in SC

Good morning, it's Christine Nelson! It's Thursday, January 19. We put the final touches to the morning rundown. Eventhough breaking news changes EVERYTHING, here's a look at some of the stories you will see when you turn on WBTV News This Morning at 4:30 a.m.

Many viewers are lighting up our phones about this story: The suspension of a student in Gaston County for calling a teacher "fine." The mother of the suspended student is speaking on-camera for the first time with WBTV. Why she says the "race card" is involved in this controversy.

Plus... we're following an intense, developing story in South Carolina where a prison riot took place overnight. There may be hostages. We'll bring you new information.

And we're revisiting the spot on I-85 in Salisbury where a UPS tractor trailer crash just 24 hours ago. We're there again this morning because even though the accident is cleared that spot could still be a problem for the commute this morning.

See you at 4:30 a.m.!