Update: Seven arrested in Tift Co. High fight

Update: Seven arrested in Tift Co. High fight
A three-hour long lockdown was lifted at Tift County High School. (Source: WALB)

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - Seven students were arrested from a fight that caused a three-hour lockdown at Tift County High School, according to school officials.

The school district posted to its Facebook page that the high school was on a code red lockdown.

The lockdown occurred immediately following two groups of students fighting Thursday morning at the start of school in the hallways, officials said.

A total of 11 students were involved in the incident, officials said.

The lockdown lasted approximately three hours, according to school officials.

TIft County High School is on a Code Red lockdown. All students are safe and not in danger. There was an altercation...

Posted by Tift County Public Schools on Thursday, September 20, 2018

“Our staff and our students knew what to do," said Stacey Beckham, director of communications for Tift County Schools. "They knew where to go, and knew how to get into those proper positions so that everyone was accounted for, and so they begin calling in the students they immediately had seen fighting and then they were also able to review security footage, to see if there were any other students involved to try and resolve all of that.”

Beckham said the biggest problem the school faced was trying to keep parents from trying to pick up their kids during the lockdown.

“When you got so many people in one area, you need to know where they are and having people that you don’t know coming in and out is a safety hazard," Beckham said. "When we are on lockdown, we want to know where your child is and if someone is being checked out then we don’t know necessarily when, or are they already gone? It causes some many more questions and so much more confusion.”

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