Charlotte, UNITED STATES
VIJAY SHAH via News Locker, Mirror Online and WSOCTV
The ‘brutal’ and ‘savage’ brawl led to the arrest of a 15-year-old pupil as well as the discovery of a set of brass knuckles by the school’s policing team after the fight took place, putting the school on lockdown.
The video footage shows the fight being broken up by a school police officer at Harding University High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. The officer is seen struggling with the student before placing him in handcuffs. Students scream and curse as arms go flying. The officer is seen grappling with and restraining the pupil who is later seen lying on the floor, as another student off-camera shouts “Get off of him”, as a large crowd assembled. Local news station TWC News reported that brass knuckles were later found among the pupil’s possessions in the clearup after the fight, suggesting perhaps that the disorder was preplanned.
Stunned by the incident, and amid increasing violence involving weaponry in schools all over the developed world, parents of pupils at Harding University High had expressed their concerns over safety. One parent told WSOCTV news station that she wanted to see security at the school ‘beefed-up’.
“It’s difficult, because it seems like the same problem keeps happening over and over again,” said the parent.
The student has been charged with assault on a police officer, simple assault, resisting arrest, and weapons charges. For reasons of age, his name and other particulars had not been reported.
The school’s principal (headteacher) Eric Ward issued a statement regarding the fight. In it he said “Several students became engaged in a physical altercation during transition to third period.”
“The altercation was a serious one and one of our school resource officers and several staff members intervened to break up the situation and restore order.
“I take this incident and any issues involving student and staff safety at our school very seriously.
“School staff and CMPD (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department) are determining further details and disciplinary action will be taken as necessary.”
It is not known if any other students have been arrested or expelled from school over the incident. The officer is also under investigation, according to WSOCTV.