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School administrator involved in Pine Forest High brawl

Posted February 25

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— Cellphone recordings of a fight at Pine Forest High School on Tuesday show a school administrator slamming a student to the ground, and the student's mother wants disciplinary action taken against the administrator.

The melee occurred in an area called the Fish Pond, just outside the Fayetteville school's cafeteria. Deanthonie Taylor, 15, was one of several students told to put their cellphones down because they were taking video of the brawl in violation of school policy.

Footage from Taylor's phone show him making his way through the crowd and recording Safe School Coordinator Ricky O'Briant pinning a girl on the ground. O'Briant ordered Taylor to stop recording.

"I didn't even hear him," Taylor said Thursday. "He pointed at me and said something, and I didn't hear what he said, and then he came up and grabbed my phone."

A video shot by another student shows O'Briant grabbing Taylor by his jacket and holding him down near his neck. Taylor manages to slither away but then jumps at O'Briant, who grabs him by his shirt and tosses him to the ground.

"I still cry when I see it, and I get upset," said his mother, Sonya Taylor.

Sonya Taylor said Pine Forest High administrators never called her at work to inform her that her son had been hurt – he injured his wrist and had some scratches on his chest – or had been suspended for violating school policy about recording a fight.

Deanthonie Taylor has a hearing Friday to determine if his two-day suspension will be extended, but his mother wants action against O'Briant.

Principal David Culbreth said the video showing O'Briant and Deanthonie Taylor is only a snapshot of a much larger incident.

"That's why we wanted to do a thorough investigation," Culbreth said. "(We) turned it over to police to let them investigate the incident fully."

It's unclear whether O'Briant remains on the job while Cumberland County Sheriff's Office conducts its investigation.

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  • Mary Meadows Mar 5, 2016
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    Apparently you think two wrongs make a right. Your comment is racist. Are you related to the delusional mother in this video?
    The "kid" got what he asked for. The mother is a huge failure.

  • Tandy Dawgy Feb 26, 2016
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    1. Kudos to the principal for agreeing to be interviewed and answer the questions asked.

    2. If an adult handled my child that way, he would be the one in pain by the end of the day. No payday needed.

    3. Funny how when a black man becomes president, conservatives then conspire to restrict future voter turnout. Now when questionable activity is getting caught on tape, they are restricting cell phone camera use. The New Age KKK.

    4 Careful y'all, your obvious racist leanings are a little more than obvious. "Back in my day..." "Fecal matter..." "Them libs...." What a bunch of clowns.

  • Janet Ghumri Feb 26, 2016
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    He 'slithered away', then he JUMPED the resource officer.
    These 'kids' are physically full grown, and the officers have a right to protect themselves, along with the other students. If the officer had NOT restrained him, the parents of the other students would be clamoring for his job!
    The responsibly these officers is for the greater good. The ones who act out in a confrontation MUST be dealt with accordingly.
    How about this, Mom, try teaching your juvenile delinquent to put his phone away, and learn respect for authority. You expect the officers to protect your kid if a problem arises, but you're not teaching him basic respect.

    If you are not part of the solution, by default you are part of the problem!

    When there's trouble, jump in and record everything, it will make you rich, right? Whine, sue, whine, sue. This is getting out of hand,rewarding the troublemakers is not a solution, and it sets a bad precedent for us all.
    Suspension is in order IMHO

  • Brandon White Feb 26, 2016
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    I remember an old adage from the 60's: "You can take a piece of fecal matter and add it to a barrel of champagne. Does it improve the fecal matter, or destroy the champagne?" Public education is the poster child for failed liberal policies.

  • Jennifer Taylor Feb 26, 2016
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    I am glad that there are still administration like this person in our schools. This student needs to be suspend for violating school policy. The administrator needs a medal for trying to keep the other children safe at the school. This mother needs to get off the news and discipline her child and stop blaming others.

  • Sean Creasy Feb 26, 2016
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    If ignorance is bliss you must be in nirvana right now. If you watch the vide again you can plainly see the school official trying to take the cellphone away and you'll also see this little "angel" fighting to keep it. When the school official finally gets it away he lets go of the "poor little boy" and that is when "Mr. Innocent" gets away, then jumps back at the school official who, in my opinion was acting properly, slammed him on the ground. If these kids want to act like punks, they should be treated like punks.

  • Marianne Ashworth Feb 26, 2016
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    This mom needs to stop trying to get a payday from the school system and face the reality of the situation. Her son was breaking school rules and adding to the ciaos of the situation by filming the fight. When told to stop he disregarded authority and kept doing what he wanted to do, and when trying to be detained for punishment he was fighting back against the school officer. When he got free he then thought it was okay to jump at the officer. Of course the officer is going to defend himself after that by any means necessary. It was already a volatile situation and this kid was adding to the violence not helping the situation. Mom needs to evaluate how she raised her son instead of trying to blame the school for having to control her son. Where she failed the school had to take over.

  • Dale Xavier Feb 26, 2016
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    There may indeed be a rule against recording fights ( we don't need any pesky visual evidence, don't ya know), but why was the student grabbed ? That is assault, plain and simple. You don't get to grab and hold down anyone, rules in school broken or not. I hope they fire the fat slob. ( perhaps he can then go on to wok at Subway and lose 100 lbs, seems to be a trend).

  • Chance Loria Feb 26, 2016
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    Lady ... Instead of saying your son deserves an apology, YOU oughta be knocking some sense into that kid of yours. If he will try to attack a school administrator, it's not long until he won't agree with you someday and you end up being the one attacked.

  • Will Sonnett Feb 26, 2016
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    The inmates are in charge of the asylum.

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