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Students charged in Wakefield High fight banned from school property

Posted September 26, 2008

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— The three Wakefield High School students who are charged in the beating of another student are under house arrest after a court appearance Friday.

District Attorney Colon Willoughby asked Judge Robert Rader to raise the bond for Micah Hakeem Conley, 16, Shawn Wilson-Chism, 16, and Tyree Lee, 17. Rader refused, but added three other provisions to the men's bond agreement.

They are under house arrest, are forbidden to have contact with each other, and are barred from all Wake County Public School System property.

Lee and Conley are charged with assault inflicting serious injury. Wilson-Chism is charged as an accessory after the fact.

DJ Merwitz, 15, was hospitalized after the fight Monday at Wakefield High School. He suffered multiple fractures to his face, a broken nose and a concussion and required five stitches above his right eye. His parents say he will need reconstructive surgery.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 26, 2008

    Another example of what busing does to high schools in the suburbs.

    At Millbrook High School, my daughter tells me about young gentlemen from Southeast Raleigh who roams the halls in gangs looking from kids from North Raleigh to take their frustrations out on.

  • bronzegoddess40 Sep 26, 2008

    One problem I see with some of these comments and also comments from the previous article is, Why do people keep saying one white and three blacks? Why can't it just be students without the race mentioned. I recall a while back when six to eight white girls beat up another white girl over some myspace comments there was no mention of race. Since you all want to continuously use race,black kids are not the only one who get in fights like the one that occurred at Wakefield. I agree 100 percent that these boys should be punished for what they did. What I don't agree with is constantly generalizing all black people into one category. Black people always get blamed for their whole race, but white people are seen as individuals. My wish is for black people to also be seen as individuals.
    stategirl2

    Stategirl2, God bless you. You have had the best comments on WRAL golo since it has been created. I am so glad that you understand the feelings that many feel on these blogs.

  • deduce Sep 26, 2008

    silkansha, On the contrary, home is where they send individuals charged with simple assault without prior convictions. I for one am glad they are at least restricted while out on bond, but keeping them in jail until trial is not something done in any similar case I've ever heard of. In fact, most similar CONVICTIONS following a trial don't result in significant jail time.

  • Raleigh Citizen Sep 26, 2008

    Actually, home (or the beach or church or Wal Mart or Disneyland) is exactly where we send violent criminals (alleged) who make their bail and are awaiting trial. Charges that warrant no bail/no bond status are rare (example: first degree murder). For your study, the Eighth Amendment to the United States constitution:

    Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

  • face-in-the-crowd Sep 26, 2008

    All - ok, I didn't know the victim's parents had released his name & pictures. My mistake, thanks for the info.

  • Timetogo Sep 26, 2008

    deduce... No, they haven't been tried and convicted yet but HOME isn't where we send violent individulas waiting for trial. When they have the temper/anger problems as these boys obviously do, hanging around the house chillin' with (other) friends is NOT acceptable!

  • wat63 Sep 26, 2008

    wat63 - by your logic, then, should 'bullies' who say mean things be beaten by more than one older kid until their faces look like hamburger and multiple bones are broken?

    ?? A bit archaic.
    Kristen_-_RN

    Before you judge me please read my earlier post- "However, the two kids who jumped in after the fact should be charged with assault."

    "'bullies' who say mean things" I guess you have never encountered a "bully", please come down off your ivory tower and join us in the real world. This is a sad situation, but none the less reality.

  • stategirl2 Sep 26, 2008

    One problem I see with some of these comments and also comments from the previous article is, Why do people keep saying one white and three blacks? Why can't it just be students without the race mentioned. I recall a while back when six to eight white girls beat up another white girl over some myspace comments there was no mention of race. Since you all want to continuously use race,black kids are not the only one who get in fights like the one that occurred at Wakefield. I agree 100 percent that these boys should be punished for what they did. What I don't agree with is constantly generalizing all black people into one category. Black people always get blamed for their whole race, but white people are seen as individuals. My wish is for black people to also be seen as individuals.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Sep 26, 2008

    THANK YOU Raleigh Citizen. Folks, they have not gone to trial yet and have not been convicted. They didn't get off.

    And there is NO justification for what they did, but it is probably likely that the victim is not an "innocent" victim. I don't see hate crime on any part of this based on what has been released. It may have been, but has anyone reported ANY evidence of hate crime? Are you all just assuming it because it's black and white?

  • deduce Sep 26, 2008

    silkasha: "So... I guess no responsibility has been placed on these poor misunderstood youths. Send your kids back to school now knowing they are safe.. until the next time they happen to look at someone cross-eyed and initiates getting beaten to a pulp. Oh, and I guess the parents have plenty of insturance that will cover the surgery expences. Good job Judge! Let's not insite a racial incident!"

    Huh? After they are tried and convicted would be a good time for a judge to sentence them. Until then, it sounds like a good idea to keep them at home while they're out on bond. Why do so many of you hate the U.S. Constitution so much?

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