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After a riot at West Bladen High School resulted in ten arrests yesterday. Students and parents had the chance to relax today, but for teachers, it was back to work. West Bladen students say concentrating in class is hard enough without worrying about safety. After yesterday's fights, school administrators say they're taking the steps to make sure the students can once again focus on their studies. “School is pretty hard by itself, and all this other violence and stuff around me; it's just not good,” said sophomore Joshua Britt. As of Monday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies arrested ten people involved in the riots at West Bladen High School. Since then, there have been two more, and they're not finished yet. Deputies now say the incident did involve community gangs. Bladen County Superintendent, Dr. Ken Dinkins said he won't stand for gang disputes at school. “They're not going to bring their problems to the school. If they do, we are going to deal with it in a very very swift and firm manner.” All was quiet Tuesday. Students had the day off for a previously scheduled faculty service day, but many say they're worried about returning to school Wednesday. One student posted a comment on our web site. "It's not safe at WBHS. I'm scared to go back. This is not the first time I've been afraid." Some parents say their children want to transfer. “My 16-year-old would like to go to another school, a private school,” said Sarah Baysden. But Dr. Dinkins said the schools and students are safe. He said the administration will learn from the experience. “It gives us a chance to reflect, and say what do we need to do to improve our discipline code, to improve the safety in our schools, and we're going to do that.” Wednesday, West Bladen will have metal detectors at the door, and more sheriff's deputies will be on hand. However, School Board Chairman Berry Lewis said the problem extends beyond school walls. “We need to have more community awareness I think, and that's what were trying to do now; get out into the communities with the parents and let all the stake holders get involved.” That way the students can focus on their education. After yesterday's incident, Bladen County schools are also adding a new rule; any student involved in a similar situation will get ten days out of school suspension. Dinkins said all Bladen County schools are partnering with community members to help deal with the problem.

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  • anonymous 1027

    You know i read these comments and i laugh at it..people say it’s gang violence but yet it had nothing to do with gangs but because some boys decided to jump another boy. Fact is that somebody just did something about it and things just got out of hand.

  • shannon

    Brittany you cant be serious. I keep reading where you are sick and tired of this and sick and tired of that. You say we have nothing better to do, well obviously you have something to do besides paying attention to your grammar. You are obviously a student, and from every paragraph I have read from students from this story, I have not seen one yet that your proper english.

  • WilmMan

    LEO, after talking to most of the people invovled and witnesses, have stated this was gang related. I will take their word on it.

    And exactly who are the “write” people? I assume you meant “right” people but I’ve learned not to assume anything with people on here

  • Partially right

    You know, some people are getting tired of everything that happens being blamed on race. I for one am. Trust me, if you’ve been to these other counties that you’ve named, then Bladen should be one of the best because Cumberland and Robeson are much worse when it comes to racism. In some cases I can agree with your comment, but in other cases “violence” doesn’t always breed violence and so on. You have some good hard working Christian folks who do their best to raise their children the right way and once they are out of their parent’s sight, they are totally different children. It’s not a cultural thing, it is a society thing. “AND THERE IS A DIFFERENCE” We need to come together as a community and see what we can do together instead of making bashing comments. Because if the community (county) comes together, we probably can make something happen. One thing about it, every race is accounted for and we are all here and not going not going nowhere.

  • MILTON V.

    Well since your saying “for instance”, I’m assuming that she prob. had a achance to escape…

  • FSBB West Bladen Senior

    As said before, I’ am a senior at West Bladen High School and I am very happy to say I am a Knight.
    While reading all of these blogs I have noticed that many have a lot to say, also that most do not attend West Bladen. Please do the students a favor help if you’re going to help, but do not bring us down with your hateful comments. Our teachers are wonderful no they are not the best but they do their jobs, as well as our administrators. Many are saying what they think needs to be done
    but I am sure most would have done the same as any of the faculty did that were there. Yes we do need to come up with ways to make our school safer, but until the parents of the misfits involve as well as many other parents out there step up and be a parent what more can we do? Our faculty and staff are not there to be parents or babysitters they are here to teach. Also no this whole situation was not gang violence so will u stop saying that. This was a situation of pure Ignorance and poor parenting. So please do not judge the whole student body, faculty and administrators for the ignorance of a few misfits!!!! Now comment.

  • Bella Swan

    Oh Edward, you’re amazing! Build that Super Wal Mart!!! :D

  • Guest2204

    Let’s just say for instance that she got trapped at her locker during the fight, HOW COULD SHE MOVE!!! God, you people are ridiculous!

  • Edward Cullen

    I’ve been at West Bladen long enough to know this school is much better off than many Cumberland County schools and ALL of the Robeson County schools. Unfortunately things like this occur and it gives the school’s reputation a black eye. In the grand scheme, there are alot of bad schools out there, and this is not one of them.

    Trust me, I’ve been in some pretty awful school environments, and I would never think to put my children in some of those places. West Bladen High is one of those schools that I would have no trouble enrolling my child.

    The root of the problem is culture and upbringing. Many parents act just like their children. Violence breeds violence, ignorance breeds ignorance. I’m shocked and appalled by the amount of racism that exists in Bladen County coming from every racial group. It’s like when you cross the county line, you enter the 1960’s in thought and speech towards race.

    Everything here is black this…white this…Mexican that… It’s sad really. Bladen County needs to reevaluate itself and take a progressive step into the 21st century.

    …and build a Super Wal Mart and Sonic Burger.

  • diamondp

    MY COMMENT ABOUT THIS SITUATION IS THAT ITS NOT GANG RELATED. I DONT KNW WERE YOU GOT THE INFORMATION FROM BUT YOU NEED TO TALK TO THE WRITE PEOPLE LIKE ME FOR INSTANCE JUST TALKING TO RANDOM PEOPLE ISNT GOOD I COULD TELL YOU MANY THINGS WEST BLADEN HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT A BAD SCHOOL ALL THE STAFF THERE ARE CARING AND OUTGOING AND WILL DO ANYTHING TO HELP YOU ONCE MORE THIS SITUATION WAS AND IS NOT GANG RELATED .

    THANK YOU

  • MILTON V.

    My mother and father did a outstanding job at raising me; just to throw that out there.

    Us SMART people would MOVE to AVOID GETTING HIT!!
    I’m sorry you didn’t teach your child to walk away from situations as these.

    [And I have move sense to get invovled with this fighting crap; something my mom and dad taught me; ACT LIKE YOU HAVE SENSE; -&& i dO!-]

    Thank you and have a nice night!

  • MILTON V.

    But if you saw a fight; why would you continue to stand there at your locker; common sense would tell you to MOVE!

  • Guest5203

    Wow… Learn how to use a dictionary and then post comments on the internet. Bladen County Deputies are good guys who do their job.

  • WilmMan

    I bet when the first fight broke out or the fight that was near her broke out she didn’t walk away….she probably huddled around like everyone does just to see a little of the fight. Was someone stopping her from getting to her class? Was she not able to move away from the fight altogether?

  • West Bladen Senior

    I’ am a senior at West Bladen High School and I am very happy to say I am a Knight.
    While reading all of these blogs I have noticed that many have a lot to say, also that most do not attend West Bladen. Please do the students a favor help if you’re going to help, but do not bring us down with your hateful comments. Our teachers are wonderful no they are not the best but they do their jobs, as well as our administrators. Many are saying what they think needs to be done
    but I am sure most would have done the same as any of the faculty did that were there. Yes we do need to come up with ways to make our school safer, but until the parents of the misfits involve as well as many other parents out there step up and be a parent what more can we do? Our faculty and staff are not there to be parents or babysitters they are here to teach. Also no this whole situation was not gang violence so will u stop saying that. This was a situation of pure Ignorance and poor parenting. So please do not judge the whole student body, faculty and administrators for the ignorance of a few misfits!!!! Now comment.

  • Guest2011

    Things could’ve been handled in a more postive way if the school officals would listen more to us instead of thinking “Oh you’re always in my office telling on someone and about something.” Okay..we feel as though they see us as being “tattle tales”,as people refer to. So we ignore the fact for just a while. People hold things in for but so long and get sick and tired of telling about a specific matter and STILL it’s NEVER TOOKEN CARE OF until matter is tooken into our own hands!!!

  • VERY worried parent

    I have teenagers at West Bladen and I think it is a shame for a small high school to have so many issues with fighting. I am a parent and a child’s behavior starts at home. How do you expect kids to behave at school when they show no respect for their own parents. Kids show no respect they think it is cool for be rude and obnoxious to teachers and parents. Parents need to take control. Treat your children like children and parents be parents. You cannot be your child’s best friend and then expect them to treat you with respect. We can’t blame the parents of the kids that were arrested for what they do; but we can blame the parents for how they handle the situation. Their parents need to step up and take action. SHOW your kids who are in control……

  • Teacher

    Um…was that a real question? She was standing at a locker. Usually, one stands at ones locker to retrieve things left inside it. That’s why they’re there.

  • ???????

    I will say this. WBHS is not safe. If it’s as safe as they say then why did my daughter come home cut and bruised for no reason. She was just standing at her locker when this riot broke out. Explain that to me

  • J.L.M.R.

    Personally I think all this viloence and bad broadcasting towards west bladen high school is making everybody thinking that WEST BLADEN HIGH is the baddest school ever…..West Bladen is not a bad school….Now i dont believe in vilonce……but I do believe in self defense.Some of the people that got areested was not fighting.Instead of sending students home just for arguing i think they need to try and help and get to the bottom all this!We need more people trying to help the student body of west bladen instead of tearing the student body down by sending them home.

  • Brittany

    Excuse me your daughter could have moved instead of standing their like she didn’t know nothing was going on. It’s nobodys problem but her’s that she didn’t MOVE!!!!!!!!!!

  • MILTON V.

    Can you please explain to me why your child was standing there??

  • read it again

    “I resent this comment, because you can’t associate gang activity with the color of someones skin.”

    Race is not mentioned in the comment you resent, it refers to the color of the clothing many gangs wear as a symbol of membership. When large numbers of students show up wearing the same color clothing that is not the school’s mascot colors, they may be wearing gang colors. There is gang actvity at both Bladen high schools. Walk through the halls, walk in the restrooms, look in the back of text books and on lockers, the tags(markings of territory) are every where, they serve as posted signs for other gangs. It may look like grafiti or a scribble, but it has meaning for gang members.

  • Britany Black

    I think that all these other people should shut their mouth’s if you don’t attened in are school and know what students go through everyday.. I personally think yall don’t understand anything and never will because all these people have these negative comments to say but aren’t taking any action what so ever. we have a great school we can’t help that others don’t all get along. Just because some students take their actions out by fighting doesn’t mean it was GANG related!!!! Im so sick and tired of people saying that our school is nothing but a gang & drug school. Believe me these students don’t need a news crew to come in our school for attntion. matter of a fact Im glad were giving you something to talking about because obviously you have nothing else better to do with your time!!!!!!

  • Guest3256

    I beleive that all of this is a bunch of bull..There was no reason for the non-scence, Our sheriffs should be more content, this is stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest68

    You two must of had something to do with the
    thugs at WBHS. Maybe you are their parents who failed miserably at raising these punks. The girl was doing like any GOOD student should of been doing. Getting her books from her locker and not trying to cut her fellow students.
    You Two are IDIOTS! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the girl was doing.

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