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Smithfield-Selma High students arrested after gang fight

Posted February 9, 2009

— A dozen students were involved in a gang-related fight at Smithfield-Selma Senior High School early Monday, authorities said.

No injuries were reported in the fight, which occurred at about 7:15 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

Six students – four boys and two girls – were charged with simple affray and disorderly conduct and were being held Monday afternoon in the Johnston County Jail under $5,000 bonds. Six other students involved fled the school campus after the fight, and warrants were issued for their arrests, authorities said.


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  • readme Feb 10, 2009

    I am from the country and we had zero gang problems in HS, even though we probably had more poverty than this school. Of course we had less than 1% minority enrollement also (this was 15 years ago before the Mexicans invaded the mountains), but I am sure that had nothing to do with it.

  • carolina-in-my-mind Feb 9, 2009

    As a 2008 graduate from SSS, and as the daughter of one of its teachers, I resent when people bash SSS/Johnston County. There is no denying that SSS is facing some major issues, but compared to how it was my freshman year, it has improved greatly. Mr. Jacobs has an extremely challenging job and many of the teachers work tirelessly in improving the lives of all their students. I am currently in my second semester at UNC-Chapel Hill, and without some of the teachers I had at SSS, I would not be able to be here.

    Every school is plagued with issues that are often out of their control. Don't bash the school. They are doing everything they can with the resources that they have. If it really bothers you (I doubt it does...I am guessing many of you just wanted to anonymously bash something), go volunteer your time at SSS. They always need proctors, senior project judges, etc. etc.

  • jkrmeme Feb 9, 2009

    These children should be sent (by a judge) to a "wilderness camp". My grandson has spent almost a year at one and it has completely changed his attitude. He has had structure and consistancy in his life. He was ordered by a judge (NOT in Johnston Co) to attend. He attended the alternative school (which is a "joke")in Smithfield and it did him more harm than good. Maybe the Board of Education and sheriff's department or court system should get together and set up a school for these children.

  • ranquick Feb 9, 2009

    They should not be allowed back on school property if convicted.

  • cprstat Feb 9, 2009

    "...blame the parents.... blame the school... "

    heck, I say blame the kids - at high school these kids are old enough to know right from wrong and they are old enough to endure the consequences.. No one ever wants to put the blame on the one responsible... that.... should be a subject to be taught in school... but then maybe not because schools are govt run and our govt tends to redirect blame time and time again....

  • jetset Feb 9, 2009

    No, people should not blame the school. Jake Jacobs is a very committed principal. Unfortunately, he is dealing with too many dysfunctional students who come from totally dysfunctional families. These students have total disregard for authority and unfortunately, the law is too lenient to back the school system.

  • njhs1161 Feb 9, 2009

    WTVD Viewer - Let's not talk about the products of Johnston County Public Schools. The school system produces a number of intelligent people that go on to accomplish great things in the community and state. This is one example of a large high school having a fight break out. Happens every day in Wake County but we aren't bashing them, now are we? Smithfield-Selma houses some of the best students Johnston County has to offer. Don't judge or jump to conclusions and please don't blame the school. It’s a place for learning - not for babysitting.

  • personality Feb 9, 2009

    I am not going to say the parents are completly to blame.....for some parents are unable to control thier kids because they will not listen and maybe physically\emotionally handle thier children in a way needed to keep them out of trouble.

    This does not mean that child should not suffer the consequences of thier actions. Place those kids in a program that will help them, and after that then incarceration maybe the only option.

    I find it really irresponsible for someone to blame the school when it is thier responsibility to teach, not to act as parents to the children to keep them from fighting.

    When teachers have the possibility of getting hurt or injured just going to work to do thier job, that is when you have crossed the line.

    How many of you have to put up with these kinds of actions at your job in order for you to perform your work?

  • 8675309-9 Feb 9, 2009

    "all of the kids that where in the fight should go to jail for at least 5 years to teach them a lesson. there ant no since in that fighting i blame there parents"

    Wow mike2752039.....you must be a product of Johnston County Public schools...."there ant no since".....wow.

  • jetset Feb 9, 2009

    I think most of the problems go back to parenting. I would say that 99.9% of the parents of these students do not have an active role in their child's life. These students want to fill a part (a sense of belonging) of something and if their biological family can't satisfy this need, well, they will join up with "others" who give them a false sense of security and belonging. It is horrible the way some adults treat their offspring. I use the word offspring because it is like an animal having a litter of dogs,etc. Well, it really isn't...animals have more inborn nuturing skills than alot of these so called parents.