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Parent after Rolesville fight video: 'There are not enough adults in schools'

Posted March 16

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— There are more concerns over discipline at Rolesville High School after parents saw a video of a recent fight on campus and want action taken.

After another troubling video said to be from Rolesville High School circulated in the community, Mayor Frank Eagles called a meeting.

“What your kids are telling you, what you are seeing, come on- don’t be bashful. Let’s talk about what problems I am hearing,” he said.

The most recent video shows two boys involved in a fistfight. The footage appears to have been captured in a stairwell with other students watching on.

Some parents said fights like the one seen in the video happen often.

“Fights in the bathrooms, fights in the hallways, planned fights and knock-down drag out fights,” said parent Darcee Ruble.

In January, another video posted online showed an officer at Rolesville High School breaking up a fight. The video appears to show the officer slamming a female student to the ground. That officer later resigned.

“There are not enough adults in the schools to help with the behavioral things that are happening,” Ruble said.

Thursday’s meeting was intended to find solutions- perhaps more volunteers, mentors, counselors, cameras or efforts to reach out to the kids getting in trouble.

“Get the counselors involved. Pull these students aside, have peer mediation,” said Rolesville resident Lauren Arnold.

Community members agreed that Thursday’s meeting should not be the last. There are plans to have more formal meetings with officials at the school.

“This is not an isolated incident in a high school here in Rolesville. This is happening all over Wake County,” Eagles said.

Wake County Public School System spokeswoman Lisa Luten said that the school is aware of the video and the students involved have been disciplined.

“Students should be aware this activity- both the act of fighting and watching the fight- is considered a breach of the student code of conduct and subject to disciplinary action,” the statement said.

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  • Fred Neopolitano Mar 17, 7:47 p.m.
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    Eagles, how do you know it's happening all over?

  • Megan Goodson Mar 17, 1:37 p.m.
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    When is this parent going to give up trying to put the blame on everyone else but her daughter who didn't behave?

    Not only that but sadly fighting IS common place, it doesn't matter how many adults their are, they don't care. In fact when I was in HS they stood and watched.

  • Cherrie Fausnaught Mar 17, 1:11 p.m.
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    Back when I was growing up in the 70's &80's, fights at school were commonplace. Everyone knew when/where they would take place. It was never considered a big deal. The teachers and administrators would break it up, the kids involved would be sent home, and the rest of us returned to our day.
    Kids fight, and kids have ALWAYS fought.

  • Mohammad Ackmhed Mar 17, 10:36 a.m.
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    Why do you propose guns in students hands in our schools? Are you being facetious? I certainly hope you are. However since the subject has been broached let's talk about teachers being trained to carry as to protect our children. Who wants anothet Columbine? And if that answer is no, let talk about why the people we task with teaching our children, are obviously not mentally prepared to carry a handgun? Gun free zones are an invitation to kill. This isn't political it's good common sense in an age gone wild.

  • Mohammad Ackmhed Mar 17, 10:30 a.m.
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    There isn't enough discipline in schools today. There is a direct correlation with student behavior since capital punishment was taken out of the school system. Many of these kids have no support system at home and are allowed to run wild. So this behavior gets continued at school. An immediate suspension and or dismissal for the year would be a good place to start for any kind of violent behavior. Bring back paddling and get back to teaching Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic instead of politicizing our children!

  • Travis Perry Mar 17, 9:19 a.m.
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    This is a result of lack discipline instituted by liberals for the past 40 years. Every excuse is given for why kids behave the way they do and they suffer no consequences. You couple that with the lack of parenting at home or the "my child would not do that" mentality of parents and this is what you get. Put consequences back in schools and get the kids out that cannot follow the rules.

  • Ed Smail Sr. Mar 17, 7:30 a.m.
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    Just a lack of discipline at the schools and lack of parenting at home. There have always been and will continue to be fights at school. But kids today have no fear and have lost respect for authority. How do you break up a fight? You involve yourself physically, it means bouncing them off the lockers and/or knocking them down. Put fear into them. After that, then you can sit them down and have a discussion.

  • Catherine Brown Mar 17, 7:16 a.m.
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    No enough adults in the schools? How about you parent at home?? How about when little Johnny gets in trouble,maybe you show up? They arrive at school knowing there will be no real consequences to their atrocious behavior. The administration does nothing, So Parents, STEP UP and SHOW UP!

  • Alfred Newman Mar 17, 6:33 a.m.
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    Can we let Guns in the High School as well? Getting the guns in the hands of these mature student would be such a great idea.