No charges filed in Sumter Co. school fight video; school to take disciplinary action
Mon, 02 Apr 2012 22:02:41 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- Sumter County deputies say no charges will be filed in a fight in a middle school bathroom that was uploaded to the Internet.
Sheriff Anthony Dennis released a second video of the fight to reporters Monday, and it shows the eighth-graders slapping hands before they square off at Hillcrest Middle School last week.
The boy's mother posted a 38-second clip to her Facebook page that showed her son being put in a chokehold and then slammed into the wall and floor. She also held an anti-bullying protest at the school Monday.
Dennis says both boys said they were friends before the incident and the video does not show one teen help the other get up off the floor.
Sumter County School District officials say both boys will be disciplined for fighting at school.
"We are working very closely with law enforcement at this moment to resolve this incident, and all students who are directly involved will receive discliplinary action," said a school district spokesperson.
The attack occurred after school hours Thursday in one of the boys bathrooms at Hillcrest Middle School in Sumter. Restrooms will now be locked after school hours, and the school will increase staff presence around the restrooms.
The video, titled "Drop Dude," was removed from YouTube.
The boy's mother saved the video off of YouTube before it was removed and posted it to Facebook with the following statement:
"[My son] is 13 years old in the 8th grade. He has Myotonic Dystrophy (weakening and deterioration of the muscles), a steel bar under his sternum (chest wall) and 2 screws in his right foot...These boys planned this and as you can see went as far as to record it on one of their android phones. They even stated that my son agreed to be involved when they were confronted. He was taken advantage of due to his condition."
Dennis says the Sumter County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
The sheriff's office says, "after reviewing the entire video of this incident and interviewing eye witnesses that were at the scene of this incident it was determined that no criminal activity had occurred, and this case is hereby referred back to the school district for any action deemed necessary bydo them according to school policy."
The school district says the students will be disciplined.
The mother of the boy held an anti-bullying protest with about 10 other people outside the school Monday.
Another protest will be held Monday night on the Sumter courthouse steps at 6:30 pm.
(The Associated Press and Adam Pinsker contributed to this report.)