Lockdown lifted after fight at high school in Chester Co.
According to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, it was what happened after the fight that prompted the lockdown.
CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) – A lockdown at a Chester County high school has been lifted.
District officials confirmed that Great Falls High School has been locked down Wednesday afternoon due to an incident following a fight.
“We’ve heard rumors via social media that ‘shots have been fired.’ It has been confirmed that is untrue,” a message sent to families stated.
According to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, the incident started as a fight between two students around 12:30 p.m. The lockdown was put in place soon after the fight ended, when a group of unauthorized people jumped over a fence and ran onto the campus.
According to officials, the school resource officer secured one unauthorized adult with handcuffs. That person is currently detained and being investigated.
“It’s a serious deal when people come onto these school campuses and they’re not authorized, and we’re going to make sure that they are arrested and charged to the greatest extent of the law,” Sheriff Max Dorsey told WBTV.
The SRO also detained one of the students involved in the fight.
No weapons were found on school property.
Although students were secured in their classrooms during the lockdown, deputies said some fled the property. Arrangements were made for them to return to school.
Great Falls High School dismissed at its normal time of 3:30 p.m.
Parents picking their children up told WBTV it was scary to get panicked phone calls from their children.
“My daughter called me crying, upset that something happened at the school and they got it on lockdown,” Dominique Davis told WBTV.
Her daughter said she does not want to return to school Thursday.
The Chester County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the following people and are seeking warrants for the following charges:
- Joseph Caldwell, 29: Seeking warrants for assault by mob, criminal conspiracy and disturbing schools
- Montravious Easley, 23: Seeking warrants for assault by mob, criminal conspiracy and disturbing schools
- Jamal Jackson, 20: Seeking warrants for assault by mob, criminal conspiracy disturbing schools
The sheriff’s office said an investigation is ongoing and more arrests may take place in the future.
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