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8 More To Be Charged In Ware Shoals Basketball Fight

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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.

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