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  • jse0123 May 24, 10:07 a.m.

    When did a water balloon fight warrant police intervention? This is just one more reason not to trust your local police. They care more about hurting you than protecting us. They blatantly abuse there power on a daily basis with little to no consequences. A stop must be put to this.

  • ConservativeVoter May 21, 10:36 a.m.

    Police brutality and corruption as in this case damages our democracy.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 5:35 p.m.

    ""I told him get off me, and I yelled," he said. "We got into a little bit of an argument."

    That's why you were knocked down, Mr. Morris. In the real world, you listen to those who have the authority to make you listen. - Barfly"

    This young man is going to get a free ride through college from the City of Raleigh after he sees them for using excessive force and committing police brutality against him.

    Seeing he wasn't charged with a crime, the City of Raleigh is going to be at a lost to explain why the policeman banged his head against the ground hard enough to break the skin along with requiring stitches.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 5:07 p.m.

    "No need to complain about the police response. They were called and simply had to do their job, once they are called. - DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT"

    You don't slam a kid down on the ground hard enough to cut the skin and require stitches especially when you don't charge him with any crimes.

    This was the use of excessive force and police brutality.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 20, 4:41 p.m.

    No need to complain about the police response. They were called and simply had to do their job, once they are called.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 2:20 p.m.

    "All of you who are making excuses and joining these folks trying to make the cops the bad guys for shutting down a bunch of disruptive students that were breaking the law should be ashamed.

    - Relic"

    Unfortunately the police used excessive force and committed police brutality.

    There is no reason the policeman should have pushed the kids head down hard enough to cut the skin open requiring stitches.

    The kid whose head was pushed down wasn't charged or arrested.

  • Relic May 20, 1:46 p.m.

    "Sounds like the police officer was trying to silence the parent who witnessed him beating up the kid."

    Why would any reasonable cop think that charging a person is going to "silence them"??? Nobody's threatened by being arrested anymore! Doesn't the activities at the General Assembly show that? All making an arrest does is cause them to talk more! All of you who are making excuses and joining these folks trying to make the cops the bad guys for shutting down a bunch of disruptive students that were breaking the law should be ashamed.

  • luv2funrun May 20, 1:39 p.m.

    ALL the kids involved in this ridiculousness knew there were consequences. It should not have been planned anyway! Regardless of the time of year. The cops would not have been there if this wasn't going on. Although the cops didn't have the right to use the force they used on kids. It was still unnecessary and could have been prevented. I have instructed my kids to keep their behinds as far away from the end of year trouble as possible. If you know it's going down, go the other way. Not tolerated in our household.

  • Backpacker May 20, 1:25 p.m.

    "I have heard that the balloons were filled with other things besides water...ie, Nair, semen, urine! That is assault and therefore raises the bar for the priority of this situation"

    AirBorne Daddy

    That's assault provided what you heard is true.

  • pappybigtuna1 May 20, 12:53 p.m.

    Not buying the child thing, this person knew exactly how to perpetrate the prank

    Pranks are not funny or entertaining to or about the person that is physically or mentally being the recipient of a said prank.

    No payment, no money, No nothing, age responsible, he learned a valuable lesson at the tax payers expense, he can share that with his friends

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 12:37 p.m.

    Hines situation was more interesting.

    He witnessed the act of police brutality and when he tried to report it to the principal and he was charged by the police officer who beat up the kid with second degree trespassing.

    Sounds like the police officer was trying to silence the parent who witnessed him beating up the kid.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 12:35 p.m.

    The cop beat up the kid yet the kid wasn't charged.

    Something isn't right here.

    Looks the City of Raleigh is going to pay for this kid's way through college after this act of police brutality.

  • ConservativeVoter May 20, 12:34 p.m.

    They need an independent investigator.

    No way would the RPD find one of it's own at fault for using excessive force and poice brutality.

  • NoObamaCare May 20, 12:16 p.m.

    I have heard that the balloons were filled with other things besides water...ie, Nair, semen, urine! That is assault and therefore raises the bar for the priority of this situation. Seems like Enloe and Broughton are always at the center of negative attention!

  • jackflash123 May 20, 12:09 p.m.

    "When are children going to learn to stop their pranks. It's not funny anymore!"

    lol You mean it stopped being funny when YOU stopped being a kid? Come on. Kids will always do pranks. Maybe adults can get better at anticipating pranks and steering them toward choices that create less chaos.

  • immaannoid May 20, 11:34 a.m.

    Typical steroid using cop. Just looking to smack the carp out of someone. I wonder if they have to pass surprise drug tests?

    The cop should be fired for slamming the child like that.

  • umpcop May 20, 11:07 a.m.

    and a "harmless water baloon fight" can easy turn into a fist fight as soon as someone gets upset. The the parents would be crying about the police not doing anything. Stop taking on your kids battles for them, let them learn something. That's one of the problems with kids and young adults these days, mommy and daddy take up for them instead of letting them fiqure out how to handle it.

  • wakemom May 20, 10:32 a.m.

    my child attends this school. and the kid that was thrown to ground didnt do anything. she along with others was screaming to the cops. she said he was hurt pretty bad too. i can only imagine. so yeah cops were targeting random kids! also, this part of the "prank" happened after school to those that know it all.

  • JAT May 20, 10:30 a.m.

    mrlee - it's the point that matters. It could have been filled with Clorox or Ammonia or something like that. And I bet if I looked hard enough, I'd find a balloon that would hold acid.

  • IPayYouPay May 20, 10:17 a.m.

    When are children going to learn to stop their pranks. It's not funny anymore!

  • tessari1 May 20, 10:12 a.m.

    I have to agree with those who found the water balloon fight to be generally harmless...should it have happened on school grounds .. Probably not.. Should this have digressed into a legal matter.. Certainly not..

    I am curious about charges.. No weapons.. No assault.. No battery.. No affray.. Damage to personal property?.. Maybe if someone's electronics were ruined as a result.. Trespass? Only if a non-student was specifically requested to leave and refused..

    I think it would have been better if the school determined who wanted to be party to this "event" let them go to a safe place in the field.. Give them some goggles to protect their eyes and let them have at it.. Harmless fun can be a great way to break up the tension that often is experienced by young adults..

  • michaelclay May 20, 10:06 a.m.

    "Do some of you actually believe this student was randomly selected by an officer to be thrown on the ground for no reason whatsoever?" - thepeopleschamp

    If this kid had been charged along with the others that were charged then it might make it a little easier to believe that he did something.

  • michaelclay May 20, 9:56 a.m.

    timexliving - "I've read posts on GOLO where guys back in the 1960s and '70s routinely brought hunting rifles onto campus in their trucks, usually in plain view on gun racks. Never heard of a mass shooting in a school back then."

    Maybe this happened in the 1960's but I was at Sanford Central High in the 70's when a friend of mine was kicked out of school for having a hunting rifel in his trunk. He had to graduate from a school in another county and could not come to our campus to watch his friends graduate.

  • mrlee34 May 20, 9:44 a.m.

    Hey Jat....your statement "what if the balloons contained acid"....nice try but you do realize that a balloon is rubber and acid would eat through it immediately?? Again nice try though.

  • Red Green May 20, 9:34 a.m.

    "Do some of you actually believe this student was randomly selected by an officer to be thrown on the ground for no reason whatsoever?" thepeopleschamp

    Of course we do. Read the news enough and you’ll see all sorts of “unbelievable” things regarding law enforcement.

  • Bartmeister May 20, 9:16 a.m.

    Yep, can't wait to hear the rest of this story.

  • Road-wearier May 20, 9:08 a.m.

    The ultimate absurdity of this is the fact that police were called for water balloons.

    Water balloons.

    When I was in high school (and I'm about 50 years old), if that sort of foolishness broke out, or was even rumored to be in the offing, the principal et al would let us know, in no uncertain terms, that any nonsense like that would lead to suspensions and not being able to graduate with your class. Not a call to the police.

    And if a school security officer can't control a bunch of kids with water balloons...I don't want to think about a shooter on that campus...

  • BitCoin Trader May 20, 8:56 a.m.

    "I read that from now nearly half of today's teenagers will have a criminal record by the time they are 25. Our society (read public schools) has lost the disciplinarian skills to correct bad behavior. Now it's just call the local "resource officer" or the police."

    When you create news laws daily eventually everyone will be a criminal. You are catching on. Keep going.

  • JAT May 20, 8:52 a.m.

    what if the balloons had containted acid or some harmful chemical? then the same people would be saying the cops didn't act fast enough. make your kids go to school to LEARN and you won't have to worry about this mess.

  • whatelseisnew May 20, 8:35 a.m.

    "I read that from now nearly half of today's teenagers will have a criminal record by the time they are 25. Our society (read public schools) has lost the disciplinarian skills to correct bad behavior. Now it's just call the local "resource officer" or the police."

    Thank the parents, the lawyers, and the lefties that destroyed the public schools. The Schools now are in a position where they have to have a buffer, because all of their formerly effective tools for controlling the schools are gone. Those tools were effective for the simple reason that the majority of parents used to back the schools. As parents they knew that little Johnnie most likely had done wrong and most parents actively encouraged their children to do the right things in school. This is no longer the case. Look at this story; the cause of the problem were the folks with the water balloons, not the school and not the police, yet lots of people are blaming them instead of the people that created the mess.

  • ktmish1754 May 17, 7:59 p.m.

    No. I was there. Read the first sentence.

    Imback

  • imback May 17, 7:48 p.m.

    "Dont believe everything they tell you..because they werent there -ktmish1754

    Just like we shouldn't believe everything posted by you as well right?

  • timexliving May 17, 7:41 p.m.

    I read that from now nearly half of today's teenagers will have a criminal record by the time they are 25. Our society (read public schools) has lost the disciplinarian skills to correct bad behavior. Now it's just call the local "resource officer" or the police.

    Also, more and more of our freedoms are being eroded. More activities are becoming criminalized. I've read posts on GOLO where guys back in the 1960s and '70s routinely brought hunting rifles onto campus in their trucks, usually in plain view on gun racks. Never heard of a mass shooting in a school back then.

  • dleven04 May 17, 7:39 p.m.

    OMG...I hope the cop get nailed....I mean...a water balloon fight....SERIOUSLY???? This country is WAAAYYYYY too scared of kids having fun....I mean, darn, We had paintball gun fights on the bus!!!

    You "mean" what? You wrote it twice!

    The question I have is simply --- Where is the academia in water balloons? Since you brought up "kids having fun", how many different sports for gentlemen are sanctioned by EHS? Put that in your "hope the cop get nailed" and see what comes out.....

  • oldschoolrules May 17, 7:28 p.m.

    Yep, let's get the full report before passing judgement.

  • stylin_pro-file-n May 17, 7:09 p.m.

    Time will tell.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves May 17, 7:02 p.m.

    peopleschamp -

    Did you read the story?

    There was an adult witness who said this kid wasn't involved but was trying to avoid the balloons.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves May 17, 7:01 p.m.

    Stylin - "Parents need to realize that kids can actually do wrong..."

    There was an adult witness who said this kid wasn't involved but was trying to avoid the balloons.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves May 17, 7:00 p.m.

    Since there's a witness the kid hurt wasn't involved but was trying to avoid being hit by the water balloons, the officer was in the wrong.

  • independent_thinker May 17, 6:52 p.m.

    Where's the group that defended the JoCo lying Eagle Scout?

  • djofraleigh May 17, 6:42 p.m.

    Balloons were filled w bleach apparently. -- COMMENT

    Perhaps that was in the threat, along with urine, but I don't think any were filled with anything but water. Rumors fly among thousands of students and things could have taken a wrong turn. Having a few arrests isn't so much. If the few vocal parents that don't support the authority have their way, more will happen. Parents who want control at Enloe should be voicing their minds, too.

  • GravyPig May 17, 6:31 p.m.

    @thinkin out loud - You are right, and that is more than likely what went down.

    Thems the breaks. If the Police say stop, you stop. If you fail to comply, then you might be subjected to arrest or being physically restrained.

    Cop tell me to stop? I stop. When he leave, I start movin again.

  • whatelseisnew May 17, 6:29 p.m.

    "Before everyone gets all fired up and starts ranting and wanting officers and principals fired, remember that last big article about a student who was "innocent"."

    Yeah and I also remember, that the School which said they had no choice in how they handled it, did not handle it the same way when it was an Assistant Principal that brought a weapon on to school property. I still away for them to have that Principal arrested and charged. Schools love to claim they have no choice, they must follow the law. Well if that is the case, then it should apply EVERY time.

  • whatelseisnew May 17, 6:26 p.m.

    "Sending police in for a water balloon fight is ridiculous."

    The schools do not have a choice. Blame the public and the lawyers. School officials do not want the liability of engaging in any sort of physical interaction between school personnel and students. If they had not taken action, and someone had been injured, then people would be made about that.

    I don't know if the officer used too much force on this kid or not. It depends on what the kid ACTUALLY did and what he says he did. Hopefully, there are witnesses to this particular part of the mess.

  • djofraleigh May 17, 6:25 p.m.

    This mother is hurting her child by not excusing him, defending him, and not holding him accountable and responsible for his actions, in my opinion. Maybe he will learn from the police action, if not his parents!

  • thepeopleschamp May 17, 6:23 p.m.

    Do some of you actually believe this student was randomly selected by an officer to be thrown on the ground for no reason whatsoever?

  • thepeopleschamp May 17, 6:22 p.m.

    Before everyone gets all fired up and starts ranting and wanting officers and principals fired, remember that last big article about a student who was "innocent".

  • retroconsultant May 17, 6:18 p.m.

    Disappointing, both on the part of the School and the Police. Incredible overreaction.

  • GravyPig May 17, 6:15 p.m.

    I hate to say it, but I'm sure there are some important pieces of this story that have not come out yet.

  • jgilchr May 17, 6:06 p.m.

    Sending police in for a water balloon fight is ridiculous.

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