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CHARGES PENDING IN HCHS MELEE

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Police officers and vehicles at the HCHS student parking lot, where the fight took place. (Liza Fulton photo)
SoVaNow.com / September 02, 2021
At least one student has been charged and juvenile petitions are pending against others after a melee broke out in the Halifax County High School student parking lot Wednesday after school.

The fight involved around a half-dozen students and was broken up by school employees and officers with the South Boston Police Department and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. Police used pepper spray to break up the fight, South Boston Police Chief Bryan Young confirmed.

“There have been charges filed already and [we] do expect additional charges to be filed,” said Young.

Police got a call around 3:24 p.m. on Wednesday reporting the fight, which was captured on cell phone video by several onlookers and shared on social media. One grainy video shows what appears to be a student lying on the pavement, taking punches from an assailant standing over them. No one who took part in the fight has been formally identified.

Young said most or all of the participants in the fight are believed to be minors, but cautioned that information on the fight remained sketchy Wednesday afternoon. He called the brawl “extremely out of character for students at that school, to be involved in such an incident.”

Young said he was in contact with HCHS Principal Michael Lewis throughout the afternoon, sharing text messages on what happened. “Understandably, he [Lewis] was very upset that this would happen,” said Young.

Efforts to reach Lewis for comment after the incident Wednesday were unsuccessful. Superintendent of Schools Mark Lineburg said he had heard from Lewis after school employees and police got the situation under control. “We have to see what happened and how to prevent these things from happening again,” said Lineburg.

HCPS administrators and school resource officers were the first to try to break up the altercation, joined soon after by police who were summoned to the scene. Young said that while no one suffered injuries that required a trip to the hospital, several people, including school staff and officers, were checked out at the scene by rescue squad personnel who were summoned to treat potential pepper spray injuries.

“They did call rescue to come in and treat those who were exposed to pepper spray,” Young said. “In a situation like that, administrators and officers would be contaminated at some level, if only because of the sheer number of people there.”

Young said police are working to identify those who took part in the fight, and will determine which charges are appropriate based on the extent of individuals’ involvement.

Investigators “are going to meet tomorrow morning and wade through the video footage they got and try to identify who was involved,” he said.



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foolish behavior. Probably of bunch of white kids, right?

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Lol.. nope. Looked like discovery channel

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From the video I saw, there was a parent swinging her fists, too. No wonder we have trouble with the kids!

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THE CAUSE OF THE FIGHT IS, THEY NEED A NEW HIGH SCHOOL, DAMMIT!!!!
JUST ASK LINEBURG!!! A NEW BUILDING WITH RAZOR WIRE FENCES WILL FIX EVERYTHING!

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Thank God it wasn't white kids. School be full of bullets and bodies.

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All they did was fight. Im proud there was no guns. A good fist fight can settle a lot


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