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Bomb Threat, Fights at Northern High Lead to 1 Injury, 8 Arrests

Posted September 10, 2007

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— One student was injured Monday morning when several fights broke out outside Northern High School after a bomb threat, authorities said.

Someone reported the anonymous threat at at 10:45 a.m., Durham County Sheriff Worth L. Hill said. The county's 911 center called the school, and Principal John Colclough ordered the school to be evacuated.

Several fights started as students waited on the football field and track for clearance to return to school, authorities said.

"Then, the fights just got bigger, where it seemed like a whole bunch of people were just jumping in randomly," said student Jessica Johnson. "A few people I saw that were trying to break up the fight – they got involved in fights, because as they were breaking it up, someone would just come along and punch them."

One student was injured during the fight. At least 43 patrol cars responded to the incident, bringing Durham County sheriff's deputies, Durham police officers and Highway Patrol troopers to help quell the melee.

No weapons were found as the students were dispersed, authorities said.

The injured student was taken to a nearby hospital and was expected to be released later in the afternoon, Hill said.

Two other students and a parent were transported to local hospitals, but Hill said their illnesses were heat-related or resulted from the excitement of the situation.

Eight people were arrested by Monday afternoon in connection with incident and charged with disorderly conduct:

  • Brandon R Caroll, 17, of 5017 Stardust Drive
  • Dominica Chappell, 16, of Dearborn Drive
  • Anthony S. Clayton, 16, of 2513 Drexall Ave.
  • Verdale L. Green, 18, of 2424 Glenbrook Drive
  • Alvernon L. Lee, 17, of 3040 Forester St.
  • Timothy J. Liles, 17, 2505 Dearborn Drive
  • Terrell A. Motley, 16, of 937 Belvin Ave.
  • Bradley L. Taborn, 18, of 719 Martin St.

All were held on $2,000 bonds except for Liles, who also faced charges of simple assault and affray, a lesser assault charge. His bond was set at $3,000.

The sheriff's office also issued two juvenile petitions, which are the first step in bringing minors under the purview of the juvenile justice system.

More charges are likely once authorities identify others who were involved, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities said they did not believe the fights were linked to the bomb threat, and the sheriff's office said it could not confirm the incident was gang-related.

Students were later allowed to return to class, but Northern High dismissed early – shortly after 1 p.m.

Extra deputies were expected to be on duty Tuesday, when school administrators expect the school will operate on a normal schedule.

Hill said the sheriff's office normally brings extra officers on duty when schools start to deal with situations such as this one.

"Unfortunately, this is becoming typical for high school students at the beginning of the school year," Hill said in a statement. "We normally keep extra personnel until the students settle down into their normal routines."

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  • spazman Sep 11, 2007

    Another example of clean up AMERICA,charge the parents for clean up and expences

  • mramorak Sep 11, 2007

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm i also wonder who was involved?

  • mramorak Sep 11, 2007

    WHAT!

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 11, 2007

    Raising the drop-out age to 18 does matter. It will force people who do not want to be there to stay. These students in this brawl for example, I wish they could print what grade they are in b/c I have a feeling many of the 16 & 17 year olds are still freshmen with zero credits. If NC raises the drop-out age to 18 this junk will happen more often than it does now. The schools need to be able to rid themselves of problems instead of being forced to keep problems is my main point.

  • angelahughes Sep 11, 2007

    It's funny to me when they say only one person was seriously injured and none of the cops had used lethal or non-lethal force when I saw 4 students run past me screaming and hollering covered in mace. The cops and the staff of Northern High School can continuously lie through their teeth to the parents and the news crews, but I was there on that field the entire time and there was nothing about the situation that was under control or safe for anybody out there. I've been a student at Northern for three years and I have never seen the school that out of control. The principal should lose his job because anyone dumb enough to put every student in the school in one caged-in area together knowing that there are gangs and know that they fight when given the chance.
    PS: The police department also did a horrible job with no crowd control at all. They had 43 squad cars and they could get anyone under control the entire time on the field.
    By Michael Tattrie - Junior at Northern High School

  • duster 340 Sep 11, 2007

    NC Teacher is right!
    I think it stems from kids who feel school has no value for them. They don't want to be there and just want the school to "throw them away". The dropout age doesn't really play in- Most of the ones arrested are old enough to drop out (Maybe all of them are). But they aren't there to learn- just to fill their day. If they want to be in a gang put in jail case close.

  • swanc Sep 11, 2007

    i am a graduate of the class of 2007 from Northern high. Its just terrible that bomb threats are going on. almost every year i remember a bomb threat nearly every year. cameras are in northern now all up and down the hall ways to monitor kids. i pray for the kid that got hurt. Northern needs to let the kids go faster from school because they know fights will happen when they are standing on the track. If they let the kids go that have cars and let the others sign out it wont cause that problem. I still have one brother and sister there and they attend northern. its just so wrong that kids are there just to fill their days and fight. Get rid of these kids.

  • miketroll3572 Sep 11, 2007

    The parents of these "kids" should be ashamed. Here's your sign!!!! No wonder nobody wants to live in Durham, it has gotten such a bad name and continues to go down hill. I am with Forgot, new it was Durham before I read it.

  • kristinambuckner Sep 11, 2007

    U KNOW I GET SO SICK AND TIRED OF PEPS SAYING ITS DURHAM. ITS EVERYWHERE NOW DAYS U KNOW YES DURHAM HAS GOTTEN BAD OVER THE YRS BUT I WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE AND IM PROUD OF WHERE I COME FROM NOT AT THE STUFF THAT GOES ON BUT BEFORE PEPS START RUNNING THERE MOUTH ABOUT DURHAM U NEED TO LOOK AROUND B/C LIKE I SAID IT IS EVERYWHERE!

  • Sarge Sep 11, 2007

    school is a privilege and not a right. if you don't want to behave you are no longer welcome into the classroom!

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