Criminal probe launched after students fight in Bacon County -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Criminal probe launched after students fight

A fight involving students is captured on cell phone video. (Source: YouTube) A fight involving students is captured on cell phone video. (Source: YouTube)

An off-campus fight between high school students last week is now a criminal investigation with the Bacon County Sheriff's Office.

WTOC received a video of the fight. Superintendent Dr. Laine Reichert told WTOC that not everyone involved was a Bacon County High School student. However, parents at Friday night's football game against Benedict told WTOC news that several Bacon County High School football players were suspended for the game because of an off-campus incident.

Many parents told WTOC that that they agree with a criminal investigation looking into the incident. One parent said that because it was an off-campus incident, she doesn't think the players should have had to sit the game out.

However, some parents feel like the punishment wasn't severe enough.

"I think the school should have gotten involved and each player no matter how good they are whether we got to win this season or not. They should have been kicked off the team," said a father of three students at Bacon County High School. He didn't want to show his face to protect them, but he says kids need to learn the consequences of their actions.

The superintendent of Bacon County Schools told WTOC this was an off campus incident and not everyone involved was from Bacon County High School.

As of this morning it is now an active criminal investigation and neither the board of education nor the sheriff's office can comment.

However, the superintendent told the Alma Times, "This incident should be a lesson to students that their actions have consequences and that issues are not always their battle to fight."

Some parents feel that since it was an off campus incident, the school shouldn't have gotten involved, but many other parents feel like more should be done.

"It's not Bacon County. Our county is better than that. I think everyone here knows that and I think for them to jump in like that. It's no better than cyber bullying," said the anonymous father.

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