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School Fight Leaves Student With Face Slashed

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FAYETTEVILLE — February 23, 1996 - 6:07 p.m. EST

What started as a heated exchange of words in a crowded high school cafeteria escalated into a bloody nightmare for a tenth-grade student.

It happened at about 11:30 Friday morning at Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville. Three girls were arguing when one pulled out a razor blade and began slashing at the face of another.

Nicole Walsh was taken to the hospital with at least eight cuts on her face. She received 100 stitches.

Two other girls involved in the fight were unhurt, but have been suspended from school.

WRAL-TV 5 reporter,Rick Gallspoke to several students when school let out Friday afternoon. The consensus was clear. This should not have happened at all, much less at school.

One student spoke for many when he admitted he was scared.

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"I makes me feel like I'm not safe, because you never know what's going to happen. I mean razors one day and guns the next. You never know."

Another student said there should be more security at the school.

Douglas Byrd does place coaches in the cafeteria at lunch time, but a Cumberland County school administrator said if two students decide to fight in the middle of a crowd, there's not much that can be done to prevent it.

Gall will have further details on this story Friday night on WRAL-TV 5's 11 O'Clock News

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