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Dougherty students protest after basketball post season ban

Officials said the unrest was caused by false reports on social media. (Source: WALB) Officials said the unrest was caused by false reports on social media. (Source: WALB)
Video from inside the school during the protests showed a mob of students leave the cafeteria and into the halls, screaming and shouting as they went. (Source: Facebook) Video from inside the school during the protests showed a mob of students leave the cafeteria and into the halls, screaming and shouting as they went. (Source: Facebook)
One student threatened a police officer during the disruptions, and they were arrested and charged with terroristic threats. (Source: Facebook) One student threatened a police officer during the disruptions, and they were arrested and charged with terroristic threats. (Source: Facebook)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

At least one student has been arrested after dozens and dozens of students disrupted classes while protesting at Dougherty High School Friday morning.

It happened at the beginning of the school day when about 20 to 30 students started disruptions in the cafeteria and moved into the hallways.

Video from inside the school during the protests showed a mob of students leave the cafeteria and into the halls, screaming and shouting as they went.

According to a report, school administrators tried to move the students into the school's auditorium to address their concerns.

Dougherty County Schools resource officers also responded.

Students said they were protesting because they believed the school's dance line, basketball team, and band would be cut.

MORE: No postseason for Dougherty boys basketball, coach resigns

School leaders explained to the students that the programs were not actually being cut, but some students continued to cause disruptions, and were sent home.

Officials said the unrest was caused by false reports on social media.

The school was not placed on lock down, but teachers were asked to shut their doors, DCSS official J.D. Sumner said.

One student threatened a police officer during the disruptions, and they were arrested and charged with terroristic threats.

School leaders said they were reaching out to those who shared the false social media reports and asking them to take the posts down.

Sumner said this was one of the posts sent out Friday morning:

School was placed back in session around 11 a.m. Friday.

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