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Riot breaks out at West Bladen High School

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Police called what happened at a Bladen County High School Monday "a riot." Students at West Bladen High reported that more than 50 people were involved in the fighting that resulted in a number of arrests. The violence started just after 10:00 this morning, and continued until about noon. Many left school, fearing it wasn't over. “I’m tense and it's scary; this is the most fights we've had in one day,” said Jeremy Mills, a senior at West Bladen. By 12 o'clock, students said six or seven fights involving more than 50 people had already taken place throughout the school. “There was one boy that got jumped by five boys, and they knocked him on the ground and stomped on him and all kinds of stuff,” said sophomore Nicole Thompson. About 15 Bladen County sheriff’s deputies responded to what they called a riot. Deputies took 10 people in custody. Charges range from inciting a riot, to assault on a government official. Parents said this is hardly an isolated incident. “We've had to come and sign them out before, because of gang activity and fighting,” said Dawn Thompson, a West Bladen parent. Deputies said it's too early to know if the riot was gang related. No weapons were involved in the incident. Deputies expect several more arrests. Students said they're just worried about going back to school. “I do not feel safe,” Jeremy Mills said. Nicole Thompson added, “There's no telling what would happen.” West Bladen never went on an official lockdown, but school employees screened everyone entering and leaving the building. The assistant superintendent for Bladen County schools declined to comment. Tonight, members of the Elizabethtown Community will conduct a forum on gang violence. The forum had been planned in advance, and just happens to coincide with today’s violence. We'll have more on the discussion tonight at eleven and updated on wwaytv3.com.

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West Bladen High School Reason for Problems

The reason for the problems at the school is a total lack of leadership on Ms Beatty's part. You can go to a game and know that her and her staff have to hear the same foul mouth talk that the people there with their young children hear and NOTHING is done. I can't believe that Dinkins allows her to run the school the way that he does but then again maybe that is why he is packing his bags now. I just hope that the next super has the guts to stand up to her and her klan and stop them from allowing the school to be run by the gangs like it is now.

Wow She Riases Your Children?

I'm sorry your just another parent with their head shoved in the sand or up their behinds! How is she to blame for the foul mouths??? Did she raise them? NO parents need to blame their selves for their foul mouth, rude, disrespectful children your children are an extension of you! Put a paddle on Jr's backside maybe he'll straighten out! As for Dinkins maybe he's just tired of having his hands tied and is doing what he is out of frustration! Pay attention to your child instill values, morals and teach them a little respect for others and their selves. Teach them doing bad things means punishment good things means rewards! But most of all get off your behind and quit blaming others for failing at the job you are suppose to be doing!

NO She doesn't "riases my children"

First, I'm not just another parent nor is my head shoved in the sand or up my behind. Ms Beatty isn't the blame for the children's foul mouth but she is the blame for allowing them to stay at a school event after using foul language, if she sent them home for talking nasty then more decent people would come to games. Oh that's right if she did that she would have to send people home of a certain skin color and she doesn't do that. As for Dinkins, if he is so frustrated, then why doesn't he pack his bags and go back to S.C. where he belongs, there have been more students arrested under his (lack of) leadership that all the ones before him. Last I am not blaming others for failing at a job that I am suppose to be doing, I AM blaming them for failing at a job that I pay them do do and that is to control the children in the school and make the schools that my children go to safe and that they have failed at to the point that they should be charged with stealing taxpayer's money since we (taxpayers) didn't get what we paid for.

Schools are for education.....period!

Let's be clear - you have to understand that you cannot police people's language. I venture to guess that alot of the foul language you hear at the "games" are from adults as well as parents. Have you personal asked a student or parent to stop using foul language? You are prepping for a good cursing out and possible fight. Easy to say what someone else should do when you don't have to do it. Secondly, the school's job is to EDUCATE.....I am tired of schools being prisons, hospitals, social services, insane asylums..... we are institutions of learning. Everyone points to the school not realizing that the parents are the first line of defense. When you do send the boogers home who don't want to learn, the system is then scrutinized for suspending them and putting the on the streets. Please spare me!

Honestly sorry you are to

Honestly sorry you are to blame petition to give the school their rights to be the administrators they need to be! When I was in school I knew good and well my teachers and principal could bust my behind if I stepped out of line I knew my parents could do the same when I was in school we didn't have these issues so yes your childs future is in your hands you are to blame!

Just my thoughts about this ...

I have read these comments and there is quite a bit of blame ~ but what is that going to accomplish??? Not a thing. First, there is going to be a child everywhere that likes to push the limits. No matter where you go. But when the situation gets like it is here, then we ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER and find a solution not sit back and play the blame game behind a computer screen and just "talk" about what is wrong. Everyone ~ me included, needs to get together and work out a way to fix this. If we all work together, we CAN do this. We need to get a meeting of parents and officials, and school members to work on a way to control this situation and keep it from happening again. I am for the paddle. If my child were to be disrespectful or out of line, he deserves the punishment. We (as paretns and teachers) need to be able to have the punishment back in schools. It may not solve everything, but it will help. When they took parents and teachers punishment rights away, they tied our hands. Now they have a mess they cannot fix or take care of. Children need disipline (and I am not talking beat the child senseless - I am talking a good old fashioned spanking). Us from the older days made it through and guess what, we didnt have the trouble that is going on today either. I was scared to death to tell my dad if i had gotten in trouble. And that is how it should be. Children have lost respect for adults. We need to bring that back. Let's get everyone together and fix this. Our children deserve a good education and not be scared to go to school or have to have metal detectors and police to go in school. BTW ~ i do have to add ~ 10 days suspension is a joke for the situation that happened on Monday. That does not scare the kids at all and they are not going to learn from something like that. They need something that they are going to remember why they are in trouble and not want to even think about getting in trouble again. LETS GET TOGETHER AND WORK THIS OUT ~ if we get together ~ we can make new ways for the school to WORK. ~ A Concerned Parent

Some More Thoughts...

I notice a lot of pointing fingers its the parents, its the school officials and what not! First and foremost parents it is YOUR exclusive job to instill morals and values into your child's lives it is not the schools place to do that. It is the job that you take on as a parent when you choose to have a baby. Your child is an outward extension of yourself and reflects upon you! You must teach your children to respect their selves as well as to respect others. You can not expect the school or its officials to control your children if you can not, its not their job. It is their job to educate your child and other children. When your child interrupts a classroom, or starts a fight then YOUR child is taking way from others education. Parents are the primary care givers, the ones who teach their children from day one how to walk, talk, dress their selves ...they also teach their children right from wrong. If you want your child to behave and do the right thing then you must show them consequence for the wrong actions and praise for the right actions. Maybe taking away some of their toys like cell phones, IPods, Cars, Computers make them earn what they want what ever happen to honest hard work it truly teaches children the value of a dollar and hard work. If you want the school and officials to do more then how about lobbying for more rights for your school officials for them to be able to impose stricter discipline don't whine and complain parents about what your school officials are not doing because you hold the key to your child(rens) future and if it means so dang much to you quit sending nasty rude comments and get off your chair and computer and do something about it take your school back and take your children back. The key is in your hand, or if you'd rather the ball is in your court you want change, you want better then take charge and demand better! Your school officials can't do it on their you have to work together as a team and let these youth of today know that you both run the show not them! Spend sometime listening to your children, talking to them and letting them know what you will and will not tolerate from them let them know consequences do exist and they do apply to them. Better get it under control now because look at how they are these days imagine how your grandchildren will behave and what their school life will be like do you want worse for your grandchildren? To the children, you are America's future sadly you've grown up in a time where paddles, prayer, and the pledge has been removed from school. I think discipline is a big key that is missing. You haven't been taught to have pride in yourself because if you had been you would have never behaved the way you have you disrespected yourselves and your school! Have some pride in yourself you don't have to resort to fighting like a bunch of heathens. Also kids if you want other adults to respect you then you have to take some pride in the way you talk to others meaning you do have to watch your grammar and spelling. No one is going to take someone seriously when they are using words like Sed instead of said and wut instead of what. It's all in how you present yourself! If you want to be taken seriously then correspond in a manner in which others will be able to A. Follow what you are saying and B.Will take you more seriously! Seriously the way some of you write is painful for many of us who treasure and appreciate our education and our educators to read. As I said you are America's future one day it'll be you guys helping educate the children of tomorrow, it'll be you guys defending our country...and I don't want to have to worry about what kind of place this is going to be for the future of our country and children. Make your family proud learn from the mistakes made this past week at West Bladen never repeat that ever again, and do not make it worse. Let it go and understand we are all different people from different places, we each are unique and have different thoughts, opinions and beliefs and respect those and respect yourself! You don't want another Columbine or Virgina Tech type incident you all are young and have a lot to offer the world. You have many years ahead of you filled with lots of great experiences to be had. So please just take life by the hand and run with it your in high school these should be some of the best years of your lives you should be making memories that you can look back on and smile, surly all this fighting isn't really something that you can look back on and smile about. Respect your life and others around you. Respect your educators for they have been in your shoes before and they know life as a teen isn't always easy, treat them with respect and I'd be willing to bet that they will treat you the same way. Good luck and God Bless you each.

It Is A Shame

The way children behave these days! They have NO respect for their selves or others! I'm going to be perfectly blunt when I was in school our principal and our teachers could take a paddle to our behinds if we got out of line. Our parents could do the same without everybody and their mother getting involved some of these kids need some paddles in their lives and on their behinds and they wouldn't behave the way they do! Society has let children get away with everything and this folks is what you get! I'm not saying beat your children, I'm simply saying we knew that our teachers and our principal could punish us that way when we were coming up and you never saw this kind of crap going on when I was in school in Bladen County! Heck no! You had the occasional fight true but no riots, no gang activity we knew we had consequences for our actions kids these days think heck if mamma or daddy or anyone does anything we don't like we'll call CPS or DSS its a crock!

Who is Cody Hammonds?

What happened to Cody? Why is he included in all of this riot stuff at West Bladen? Why did the fight or riot start? Just wanting some answers!

Cody

Cody was a young man who drowned to death a few weeks back who attended West Bladen!

Personally, I think that if

Personally, I think that if you are a "scared student" you are just a punk and you should be homeschooled, because every school that you will go to I guarantee you that there will be a fight. On bringing Deputy Shaw back, he never did ANYTHING to stop a fight. Holder was ALWAYS the one running into ANY fight and trying to break it up by spraying mase in the air first so everyone would move out the way. Shaw was ALWAYS in the office doing who knows what. The fights that broke out this past monday were simply JUST fights. We always have a few fights every year. The ONLY reason why we ended up on the news and people were arrested this time was because the Superintendents were here to talk to anyone about Cody's death. [(R.I.P) We love you.] We have had worse fights than this. Noticed I said "Fights" NOT "RIOT"! A RIOT is when everyone is fighting everyone. This was just a few fights which happened at DIFFERENT TIMES throughout ONE DAY. This was completely blew out of proportion and I am glad that I only have 9 weeks left of school before I graduate. That is all I have to say. =]

Not Scared..You Should Be

The violence in schools over the last few years have got increasingly worse! You should be scared if your not! If things are this bad now think how it is going to be when you have to send your future children off to school and pray they come back home unharmed! As a parent I raise my children the right way to respect others, their views, their beliefs I teach my children for bad actions there are consequences if you do something wrong there's a price to pay. Too many parents seem way too busy and too caught up in their own little lives to raise their children with values, morals and manners. Back when I was in school there was an occasional fight maybe 2 a year if that nothing involving massive amounts or multiple fights. There were never guns or knives bought in to harm another in that fashion! I suggest to you that you raise your children better than this current generation has been raised when you do have them! I suggest that you teach them right from wrong, respect for their selves and others! Teach them there are consequences for their actions and it isn't just a suspension from school God if all we had to fear was getting kicked out of school for a few days I imagine our schools would have been way out of control too! Please don't think I'm an old geezer I'm in my 30's and its a shame things have gotten so out of control in just a mere 15+ years.

Normal

You sound like there are so many fights in school you have begun to think this is normal. IT'S NOT, solving your problems with fist,feet,and weapons is a cowards way out and you sound like a coward. I'd bet money you never make anything out of yourself and you end up in prison with that mentality.

I am just so glad that I got

I am just so glad that I got the hell out of Bladen county because the adults and kids alike sound so ridiculously obnoxious and stupid that it's embarrassing.

I agree...Bladen County is

I agree...Bladen County is full of continuous drama and crime (thats anywhere) but it's ridiculous now. I went to East Bladen, and I left that county as soon as I graduated; and now I'm about to graduate with my Master's degree...

I don't understand, if there

I don't understand, if there were 40 students fighting on this day then "why" were there only 12 arrested?

THE WORLD IS NEVER GOING TO CHANGE

I have read every comment on the situation with the riot that broke out at West Bladen on Monday. I am so upset that there are people that are actually commenting on how these "children" are typing their words in the posts. If you have any children of your own, you will notice that this is how they text using short abbrevations for words. Next, I want to also comment on the "thug" word and just say I am outraged at adults and their postings. We need to stop stero-typing our children. Ok, yes it was mostly african american youth involved but do it had to be labeled as "thug". The real label should be children crying out for attention because you have parents that are not concerned with who they are hanging around with are what goes on with their school work. I hold the school system accountable for some because I am a resident of Bladen county and I know that all they do is give supensions and then they are back at school. They need to implement rules where they weed out the bad ones and send them to alternative schools. Let's not as adults down the children for their "poor use of grammar" but act as adults and post more positive reactions to this situation please.

Sorry Can't Blame The School

Parens, CPS, DSS has taken away any of the SCHOOLS right to discipline awhile back! I blame softy's that started this crap not allowing schools to enforce tougher discipline the schools hands are tied as far as what they can do about all they can do is suspend and expell you want change fight for change don't type about it get out there to the board of eduction and DEMAND change for your children! Be proactive for crying out loud typing up posts on a news article isn't going to get you very far!Also I hate that kids are so lazy that they have to use TXT speak to communicate! I think parents need to take computers and cell phones away from children and teach them how to exist without them! I seriously shudder to think of what the world is turning into with kids just doing as they please with no real consequences to teach them right from wrong!

Stupid

From the lack of writing skills I see in the post from students and some adults, stupidity seems to be the normal thing at this school. No wonder the jungle mindset is in play here. All of the ones fighting are nothing but a bunch of animals who belong in cages. Remove them so the normal people can get an education.

expressing how i feel

It hasn't always been like this at WBHS when I started we maybe had one or two fights a year. Now it has esculated to a "RIOT" which makes no sense. We as students should be able to attend school with out having to worry about who is going to fight next or wether we have gang violoence in our school or not. It doesn't matter what the fights are about or the color of the individuals skin that is fighting because it could be African American, Whites, Mexicans or any other race that is at WB. It just so happened that only one race was shown but it just as easily could have been one of the others. We go to school to get our education so therefore it is not a daycare. By the time you reach high school you should no right from wrong no matter who or how someone raised you. You are ultimatly responsible for your actions. And as for the safety at WBHS there is none! Teachers can only do so much to help the situation but when the students that they send to the office are sent back to class and tell there teachers that they knew nothing would be done about the situation it shows there how our school system is. When the teachers can't keep control thats when the deputies are suppose to step in to gain control over the situation. But that want happen with the two deputies we have right now. One sits in the front office and doesn't get up off his butt he is more concerned with the women that work in there than keeping us safe he also would rather sit back and watch the fight than do anything about it. The other carries his little can of mace around to protect him. He doesn't target the ones who are causing the problem and just spray them he sprays innocent students who are just trying to go to class. No one has respect for these so called deputies because the students know that either they will just be watched or the worse that could happen is being sprayed. The ONLY deputy that was out there that I felt safe with is DAVID SHAW!!! He was the only one that I saw going to break up fights without the use of mace. He used force to show he meant what he said but people had respect for him! He didn't care who you were or who he needed to please. He did his job well and was always there to help. Everytime I turned around I saw him in the halls doing his job. Not once did I see him "flirting" in the office unlike the one we have now. He had a good personality but when he meant business it was serious. I felt safe when he was there after he left I now feel like a sitting duck because the worse would be over with before they got there. So it would be nice if he did come back!!!! The whole point is WBHS is not safe and i'm glad i dont have much longer to deal with it! We should walk through metal detectors every morning to assure that there are no weapons and we should also be searched. Which I wouldn't have a problem with!! If it made the school more safe.

Please Dear

Go to your counselor with your fears and concerns. Go to any adult willing to listen to you and help you. You have to make your voice heard in order to fix the problem. I hate it that you kids now a days have to fear so much and have to feel safer with metal detectors in your schools and being searched. It really does sadden me life shouldn't be that way, its just not right.

If you have so much to say

If you have so much to say about the school staff and the SRO's why don't you tell them yourself instead of hiding behide a computer. That's stupid to talk about somebody on the computer instead of telling face to face so they can get more ideas about what the students want. To me your has no go as the one's fighting making up rumors about people. Soo why don't you tell them face to face somebody SCARED to.

So Why Didn't You?

Just curious since your so brave why didn't you post your name when talking to this person? Not everyone has the nerve to stand up and say exactly how they feel. It takes all kinds to make the world go round dear. I'm sure someone will say exactly what this person has said and will be this persons voice. Maybe since your so brave you could volunteer and be a part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

THE TRUTH!!!!

TO ME I THINK NO ONE SHOULD BE UP HERE POSTING COMMENTS ABOUT ANYTHING THEY DONT KNOW. NO ONE KNOWS THE TRUTH EXCEPT THE PEOPLE THAT WERE ACTUALLY FIHTING AND HALF OF THEM DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING.. IF U THAT ARE COMMENTING ON SUCH A VIOLENCE IS A REAL "CONCERNED PARENT" THEN I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY GET OUT OF YOUR CHAIRS AND COMPUTERS AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE VIOLENCE. DONT U THINK SO???? ALSO IF YOU ARE SUCH A "SCARED WB STUDENT" THEN YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE AT WB. THEREFORE GO TO ANOTHA SCHOOL BUT IT DONT MAKE NO DIFFERENCE... aNY SCHOOL YOU GO TO THERE IS STILL GOING TO VIOLENCE. WHY DONT EVERYONE UNDERSTAND THAT???? I MEAN AFTER ALL THAT HAS WENT ON IN WEST BLADEN IN ALL OF MY 4 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT ALL FOR NO OTHER SCHOOL. THATS REAL TALK RIGHT THERE.... EVERYONE IS JUST MAKIN A BIG DEAL OUT OF NOTHING. MOST OF THE "CONCERNED PARENT" IT WAS YOUR CHILDREN THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE "HORRIBLE VIOLENCE". YOU ALL ARE GETTING ALL UPSET ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED ONE TIME AT WB. WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER SCHOOLS AND THEIR VIOLENCE???? YEA I DIDNT THINK SO NOBODY EVER HAS ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE..... IF YOUR CONCERNED LIKE YOU SAY YOU ARE THEN GO TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION..... I BET NO ONE THOUGHT OF THAT!!!! IF YOU DID THERE WOULDNT BE SO MUCH "DRAMA" OR ANYMORE "RIOTS" AS THEY SAY!!!! I SAID WHAT I HAD TO SAY..... PEACE!!!!!!

Honestly

With your poor grammar and spelling you shouldn't be graduating you should be demanding they re school you!

Look here man, no one wants

Look here man, no one wants to hear about "keepin it real" or "PEACE" Grow up little buddy. Your point would have been taken into account fine if you would not have posted like an angry middle school student pissed off because he is last in the lunch line. Put your big boy pants on and make sure they are on good, cause mess like this doesnt cut it in the real world. All i can say for you is, pack a lunch cause its gonna be a long ride for you.

WBHS

I agree with you on that Xandria. Our school has gone crazy but am not scared....its been going on for years anyway nothing new *R.I.P Cody Hammond*

Xandria wrote: "EVERYONE IS

Xandria wrote: "EVERYONE IS JUST MAKIN A BIG DEAL OUT OF NOTHING." You can't be serious!!!! So many kids fighting and so many arrested and you say they are making a bid deal out of nothing. You've lost your mind. You also need to spend a little more time in English class.

First of all you can't tell

First of all you can't tell me what i need to do.. You need to worry about the things yo are doing about the violence..... The students are only doing this because of how there parents raised them... Like i said everyone is making a big deal about nothing!!!

You My Friend

Seriously need to proof read before you post! i is suppose to be I like that when you are talking about yourself. Proper periods at the end of a sentence is only one not... You need to worry about the things you not yo are doing about the violence. The students are only doing this because of how their not there parents raised them (I will have to agree with you there by the way I think mama and daddy should have paid more attention to Jr. and Sally and kept them in check and maybe we wouldn't have so many Jerry Springer acting idiots out there. Again with the I have some pride in yourself I not i. And dear it is a big deal anytime there is fight after fight involving 40+ students that's a big deal maybe you should seriously look at some vocational education to help you strengthen your lack of grammar skills so people will take you more seriously in the real world. Good luck to you with that! But then again McDonalds and Burger King do have a high turn over rate and as long as you can tell what food is what you might have a bright future in the fast food business.