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Two Students Arrested In Slashing Incident

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FAYETTEVILLE — February 24, 1996 - 6:30 p.m. EST

Two Fayetteville high school students are under arrest, charged with slashing the face of a fellow student during a Douglas Byrd cafeteria melee.

Sisters Maria and Mercedes Chapo Reynoso, 17 and 19-years-old respectively, are charged with assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting serious injury.

Seventeen-year-old Nicole Walls (L) received eight razor cuts in her face. It took about 100 stitches and staples to close all the wounds.

Walls says she doesn't even remember what they were arguing about.

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"Together we fussed at each other and then Maria stood up out of her chair, and then she hit me. I hit her back. We started fighting, and then I guess Mercedes grabbed my hair back and one of them cut me," she said.

Walls said a lot of students at Douglas Byrd carry razor blades to school.

That fact may influence administrators to install a metal detector. Some students complained after Friday's fight that there is a need for more security at the school.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is researching the case, and investigators say they have heard several different versions of the incident.

They have not yet made any arrests

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