Student speaks out following fight at Mauldin High School

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MAULDIN, S.C. (WSPA) –Dozens of students at Mauldin High School witnessed a violent fight in the cafeteria last week.

“It was just chaos, people running across the cafeteria, standing on tables and standing on chairs,” junior Alyssa Karr said.

She and dozens of other students took Snapchat videos of the incident, which have circulated quickly.

“Within minutes, you could click through your stories and see tons of them everywhere,” she said.

Karr said it’s this and other recent incidents at the school that have her feeling uneasy.

“It was pretty scary to watch because you can’t tell what’s happening or what’s going on or if anyone has something that could cause danger to other students,” Karr said.

A Greenville County Schools spokesperson confirmed the videos were in fact from Friday’s fight. District officials said seven students were arrested following the fight and since then tensions have calmed.

Even so, the fight left some staff injured. Officials said it’s always up to staff to decide if they can safely intervene in a fight, but will support them if they get hurt.

Karr said she thinks there are ways for the school to be safer.

“When you come to the door, check a bag, set up a system of a male officer and a female officer so everyone is comfortable with how that’s done,” Karr said.

She said all students should be able to come to school without being scared.

“If I’m not feeling safe in my school then who else is?” she said.

District officials suggest any student who feels unsafe at school should bring it to the attention of a staff member. They also have had extra staff on hand at the high school since the fight.

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