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Sumter PD says some students arrested were involved in fight day before

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SUMTER, SC (WIS) -

It took multiple people to break up a melee at Sumter High School Tuesday morning that ended with the arrests of 14 students.

It's not clear what started it, but officials say the scuffle broke out in the lunch room just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sumter Police said a smaller altercation between some of the suspects involved in Tuesday's fight was reported Monday by a school resource officer.

"Preliminary information indicates both incidents could be related to a situation that occurred over the weekend," said an update from the Sumter Police Department Wednesday.

Punches and fists flew, but police say no weapons were used.

"Once we responded, it ended fairly quickly, it's my understanding," said Tonyia McGirt with the Sumter Police Department. "We have two SRO's here who were in the school. Additional officers were called out to the scene."

At least one school resource officer and an administrator stepped in. They were not hurt.

"Unfortunately, with social media we did have a lot of rumors about what actually transpired," said McGirt.

More police officers arrived, taking away seven juveniles and seven students who were at least 17 years old, making them adults under the law.

Two of those adult students, 17-year-old Willie Green and 17-year-old Hakeem Legrant, will be charged with third degree assault and battery and disturbing schools.

The five others, D'Quawn Richardson, Randy Shaw, Herbert Benjamin, Khalil Anderson, and Reginald Hastie-Sutton, will all be charged with disturbing schools. 

The seven charged as juveniles were charged with disturbing schools. Two were released to the custody of their parents, the others were taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The fight also led to a two-hour lockdown and brought hundreds of parents to the school to pick up their children.

Sumter School District says at least 400 students went home early.

The police department says it will have extra personnel on hand at the school Wednesday.

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