8 More To Be Charged In Ware Shoals Basketball Fight - WSPA.com

8 More To Be Charged In Ware Shoals Basketball Fight

Posted: Updated:
After the buzzer blew and the game ended, the team lined up to shake hands when a player from Tamassee-Salem said a racial slur to the Ware Shoals player. After the buzzer blew and the game ended, the team lined up to shake hands when a player from Tamassee-Salem said a racial slur to the Ware Shoals player.
Police say 8 more people will be charged in the bleacher-clearing fight at a Ware Shoals basketball game they say was sparked by a racial slur.

Three people have already been charged.

It happened on Friday night after the Ware Shoals High School game against Tamassee-Salem High School.

Authorities say there were several injuries reported as a result of the fight, including to two officers responding to the brawl.

According to a police report, an officer noticed things starting to become heated between two players of opposing teams during the game.

After the buzzer blew and the game ended, the team lined up to shake hands when a player from Tamassee-Salem said a racial slur to the Ware Shoals player. The Ware Shoals player then threw a punch, according to the report, prompting a bleacher clearing brawl.

Eventually, officials were able to break up the fight and clear the court, but police say the tension spilled over to the parking lot later that night.

The investigation into the fight continues and additional charges are possible.

School district officials released a statement Monday stating they are embarrassed by the behavior that took place Friday.

"Administrators have responded according to guidelines set forth in our Student Code of Conduct and our Student Athletes’ Handbook," it reads.  "Consequences are harsh for fighting because we can’t and won’t tolerate that type of behavior."

Police chief Harry Irick says he wishes the school had a resource officer. He says he doesn't know if that would've prevented the fight, but would help in other areas.

He says an example is the department has received 200 calls and 20 are from the high school.

Additional consequences are expected to be applied by the South Carolina High School League and local law enforcement.

There is a basketball game tonight and junior varsity players have been pulled into varsity so they can play.

Related:

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Community Meeting Discussing Halfway Housing Gets Heated

    Community Meeting Discussing Halfway Housing Gets Heated

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:38:03 GMT
    2 Men Sentenced In Drug Case Could Get Out Of Jail Soon2 Men Sentenced In Drug Case Could Get Out Of Jail Soon
    Outraged neighbors took on a Christian ministry they said is housing sex offenders and ex-cons in their neighborhood. The meeting held in Roebuck in Spartanburg County was so heated, extra deputies were called in to keep things from getting out of hand. "Our community children are prisoners in their flipping homes... not your ex convicts. Put 'em back behind bars, we don't want them," shouted one woman. The neighbo...
    Outraged neighbors took on a Christian ministry they said is housing sex offenders and ex-cons in their neighborhood. The meeting held in Roebuck in Spartanburg County was so heated, extra deputies were called in to keep things from getting out of hand. "Our community children are prisoners in their flipping homes... not your ex convicts. Put 'em back behind bars, we don't want them," shouted one woman. The neighbo...
  • Wreck Shuts Down Part of I-85 In Anderson County

    Wreck Shuts Down Part of I-85 In Anderson County

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:36:04 GMT
    Troopers say they're working a wreck on mile marker 30 in Anderson County.Troopers say they're working a wreck on mile marker 30 in Anderson County.
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol says two northbound lanes of I-85 in Anderson County are closed after a wreck Thursday night.
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol says two northbound lanes of I-85 in Anderson County are closed after a wreck Thursday night.
  • Tanker Tips Over On Main Street in Anderson

    Tanker Tips Over On Main Street in Anderson

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:03:00 GMT
    Part of Main Street in Anderson shut down due to a tipped over tanker Thursday night.Part of Main Street in Anderson shut down due to a tipped over tanker Thursday night.
    An overturned tanker closed part of Main Street in Anderson Thursday night.
    An overturned tanker closed part of Main Street in Anderson Thursday night.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.