Sumter, SC (WLTX) - Sumter Police say two previous fights are connected and led up to the lunchroom brawl at Sumter High School Tuesday that put the school on lock down.
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"We believe there was some kind of verbal altercation that started at the park and somehow or another spread to the school," said Sumter Police spokeswoman Tonyia McGirt of an incident over the weekend. "We did have another incident at Sumter High on Monday that was much smaller."
Police believe it all led to the fight on Tuesday, where 14 students were charged with disturbing schools. The 7 adults charged were all given bond by a Sumter County judge on Wednesday. The 7 juveniles charged in the fight were turned over to their parents or handed over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Police charged Hakeem Legrant, 17, and Willie Green, 17, with assault and battery in addition to disturbing school charges. They were given $1000 bond for the disturbing school charge and $525 bond for assault and battery.
The judge also said the men could not go on school property, not be within 150 yards of a school bus stop, and no have contact with victims or their families.
"Normally we would have two school resource officers on campus. However, you will see other uniformed officers there today," McGirt said.