Students arrested in fight at high school in Rock Hill

Eight students arrested after fight at school

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Rock Hill Police arrested eight students from South Pointe High School Friday morning after a fight broke out before the first bell.

According to Rock Hill Police Lt. Michael Chavis, the School Resource Officer called in for back up to help break up the fight. Officers from Rock Hill Police and the York County Sheriff’s Office responded.

The school was placed on lockdown until 10:00 a.m. while investigators reviewed surveillance footage to find out who else was involved.

The School District released this statement late Friday morning:

This morning just before the first bell, a fight broke out at South Pointe High School. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to assist school officials. During the altercation, eight students were removed from campus by law enforcement. The school was placed on lockdown from 8:15 to 10 a.m. to allow law enforcement and school officials to determine if additional students were involved. During this time, school staff sent phone messages to parents to inform them of the situation. By 10:15 a.m., the school resumed normal operations. As a cautionary measure, Rock Hill Police Department officers will remain on site for the remainder of the day. We continue to work with and ask for support and cooperation from students and parents who may have information about potential disturbances so we are able to keep our school campus safe.
- Rock Hill Schools

Several parents came to the school to pick their kids up. One parent, who doesn’t want his last name used to protect the identity of his daughter, says he got a text message from her showing video of the fight.

“She said blood was all over the walls and windows. And a bunch of kids were getting beat up and slammed around in the school,” Chris said. “They’re hearing that when they come out to the bus at the end of the day, this is going to happen again.”

He and other parents tried to talk to school officials outside of the school this morning, but he says they were asked to leave.

“One of these kids are going to be severely hurt or killed and it don’t need to come to that before you make a stand,” Chris said.

WBTV asked a Rock Hill School spokesperson if school officials planned to meet with parents about their concerns.

“Dr. Conner will be sending information about to families this afternoon as a follow up to a midday communication from him. Parents are welcome to contact Dr. Conner or other school administration to meet and share concerns and work together to prevent future fights,” Director of Marketing and Communications Mychal Frost said in an email.

Rock Hill Police say the eight students were charged with inciting a riot and disorderly conduct.

“Hopefully that sends the message that we’re not going to tolerate it,” Lt. Michael Chavis said.

Rock Hill Police kept extra officers on campus for the remainder of the day.

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