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Scuffle between Cleveland High SRO, student stirs questions

Posted October 8, 2019 6:33 p.m. EDT
Updated October 8, 2019 8:15 p.m. EDT

— Students at Cleveland High School in Johnston County took out their phones and started recording at the first sign of chaos in the school cafeteria Monday when a scuffle started between a student and a school resource officer.

The question being asked is what happened in the moments before the cameras started rolling that could have provoked such a response from the SRO.

Timothy Wright, 17, has been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and causing damage to property. He was taken to the Johnston County Jail after the incident ended but was released after posting bond.

It was not immediately clear if he will be allowed back at the school and when.

The video taken by bystanders shows the officer struggling to gain control of Wright.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said Wright was causing a disturbance and was asked to leave the cafeteria.

When he refused, school administrators asked the resource officer to step in.

The video shows the officer and student go round and round before the officer forcefully takes the student down.

You can hear some students say Wright didn’t do anything wrong.

A statement about the case from Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell said: “The safety of our students, school faculty and our school resource officers is a top priority in all of our Johnston County Schools."

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