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Three in custody after school bus stop fight in Raleigh

Posted April 29, 2010

— Three people were taken into custody after a fight at a school bus stop in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon, police said.

Two juveniles are charged with affray, and Ahmad Barnes, 16, is charged with assault and trespassing, Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said.

Witnesses said the fight broke out at a bus stop for Ligon Middle School on the corner of Haywood and Lenior streets around 2:30 p.m.

"No students in attendance at school today were involved in the fight," Wake County school district spokesman Greg Thomas said.

Between 15 and 20 students were treated after pepper-spray was used to control the crowd, Stephens said.

Stephens said the fight is still under investigation, and more people could be charged.


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  • ccs1920 Apr 29, 2010

    Shaking My Head/ I disagree that the majority of children arn't taught to respect authority. It's the minority that arn't taught to respect authority or anything else. WRAL showed maybe 5 seconds of the crowd on TV. Those 5 seconds were enough to answer any question that I had.

  • mamacheryl Apr 29, 2010

    From what my daughter told me about the fight, the fight was actually across the street from the school. Unfortunately, the street the fight was on was the street that runs past the school for bus pick up. A lot of the chaos came from the school personnel attempting to get the kids who buses had not arrived back into the school, and the kids whose buses had not arrived back into the building. My daughter was in the car pool line and said that there was a lot of chaos on that side of the building. I think the school should be commended for attempting to keep that many teens/pre-teens in control, and that there were not more injuries.

    On a side note, I attended Ligon a million years and I don't remember there being any fights at school that required police intervention. SMH!!!

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Apr 29, 2010

    I think it's completely freakin unreal that the police had to resort to using pepper spray to control that crowd. It's obvious that a majority of children aren't taught to respect police officers and other figures of authority anymore. I would have had my rear whooped if I didn't listen to instructions given to me. My parents taught me how to respect the proper authorities and follow directions.
    I think they should have arrested every single person who had to be sprayed (or close enough to get a drift) since they chose not to follow the orders given to begin with. I'm sure they were asked to back up and/or leave multiple times before the spray came out. Guess they'll learn to follow orders next time!

  • miketroll3572 Apr 29, 2010

    Seems Raleigh yutes can't controll themselves. Good for the RPD.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Apr 29, 2010

    Ok this whole thing confuses me. It says this is a bus stop for the middle school but says no students involved in the incident were at school today. If they were not at school today then why did the bus need to stop? Ok, if there were other students getting off the bus but not involved in the fight, does that mean 20 students got off the bus at that one stop? If 15 of those people were not due to get off at that stop then why did the bus driver allow them to get off? Does the bus driver not control the door and/or the gas pedal? Shut the door and pull away! Why sit there while all those students file off the bus that were not supposed to get off at that stop? IF those 20 students didn't get off the bus then it sounds like a pre-meditated fight that had time to gather an audience and I don't see the point in mentioning it as a school bus stop.

  • Fx432 Apr 29, 2010

    Can't handle the pepper spray, back to the billy clubs and German shepards.

  • Viewer Apr 29, 2010

    Pepper spray is so much nicer than using billy clubs to quiet things down. It could have been worse.

  • wakemom Apr 29, 2010

    i was told by a student there that the pepper spray travelled in the breeze from the wind. it wasnt that they were going towards the fight. she always said that there were a lot of chaos with kids running around crying.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Apr 29, 2010

    'tis true....it's still pathetic. our country is going to hell in a hand basket.

  • NCStatePack Apr 29, 2010

    Controlling a fight, even if it is a fight full of kids, ain't no joke.