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More Charges In Gaffney High School Assault Filed

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More charges filed in Gaffney High School Fight against boy shooting video. More charges filed in Gaffney High School Fight against boy shooting video.

Another student has been charged with Disturbing Schools after a fight at Gaffney High School. The student was the one recording the video and using loud and vulgar language to encourage the fight.

WATCH - Caught On Tape: Gaffney High School Fight

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says they have completed the investigation.

They say the students involved in the altercation had left the Copeland Learning Center on school buses traveling back to Gaffney High to transfer to other buses at the end of the school day. 

Prior to leaving the Copeland Learning Center a female juvenile (Suspect #1) had made threats to a male juvenile (Victim #1) attempting to fight him and continued the verbal assault on the bus ride to Gaffney High School. 

They say once the school bus arrived at Gaffney High School the  girl exited the bus and hit the boy several times in the face. 

They say the girl then spit in the boy's face. The boy did not fight back against the girl.

The report says a second male student (Victim #2) attempted to intervene to break up the altercation and the girl then struck and spit on Victim #2.

A third male student (Victim #3) attempted to intervene to break up the altercation and the girl then spit on Victim #3.

They say the girl was arrested and will be charged as a juvenile in family court for 3-Counts of Assault and Battery 3rd Degree and 1-Count of Disturbing Schools. 

The girl was released to a legal guardian with a custodial promise to return the suspect to court on a date and time to be determined by the SC Department of Juvenile Justice and the Family Court.

The report says the incident was recorded by another juvenile male student (Suspect #2) who they say contributed to the disturbance of school with the use of his loud voice to encourage the assault and/or altercation and used foul and vulgar language to encourage and incite violence. 

The male suspect was charged with 1-Count of Disturbing Schools. He was released to a legal guardian with a custodial promise to return the suspect to court on a date and time to be determined by the SC Department of Juvenile Justice and the Family Court.

7 On Your Side pushed Cherokee County School District Superintendent Quincie Moore for answers as to why there was no supervision, other than the bus driver, present when the alternative school students were being dropped off.

Quincie tells us students who attend the alternative school go there for a number of reasons. She said some are struggling with their grades, some have disciplinary problems and some are used to a different schedule and need time to adjust.

She said students in grades 6-12 attend the school on Allison Drive, a short distance from Gaffney High School, and the pick up the bus and get dropped off after school at Gaffney High. Moore said the bus driver is always the only adult present when the students exit and board the bus and there have never been any issues in the past.

Moore said there were about 20 students on the bus. 

The Superintendent said the driver is expected and allowed to break up a fight is one occurs. She said the driver tried to break up this fight even though he is not present on the videos. Drivers go through training to learn how to handle situations like this she said.

Now school leaders said they're going to take a look at their policies to decide if there should be more supervision.

"The bus driver was there with those 20 students and what we're  Obviously that day there was not and we'll assess what we need to do to make sure that doesn't happen again," said Moore.

7 On Your Side asked Moore if there were any school resource officers around at the time of the fight.

"Gaffney High has two SRO's but they patrol. They have an office on the 9th grade area and at the high school area and they were on patrol, not standing in one place all the time," said Moore.

7 On Your Side spoke with a parent Thursday who said her son was suspended after he filmed the fight. She said he is an alternative school student and she had to pick him up.

Ms. Tate said her son is suspended indefinitely and she wants him to get an education. She said he did not lay a hand on anyone. Other parents we spoke with feel the fight was an act of bullying by other students.

They tell 7 On Your side that they think there should be more supervision and discipline. 

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