Staff, adults intervene in fight after Aiken County school dance

Published: May. 23, 2022 at 11:53 AM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Horse Creek Academy called it unfortunate that a school dance ended on a sour note when a fight erupted outside after the festivities.

A 14-year-old girl and her mom were taken to a hospital to be checked out as a result of the incident, according to deputies.

The fight broke out around 8:40 p.m. Friday in the pickup area outside the middle school year-end formal.

Even though the school had five staff members monitoring the pickup area, two female middle school students got into an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation, the school said.

Staff members intervened to try to keep the girls from hurting each other, according to the school.

Then three family members jumped out of a vehicle and got involved, Taylor said.

“That’s really where the problem is,” Taylor said.

“We’re educators. We understand that things happen between the students from time to time,” she said.

But for adults to get involved, “this was a first for me in 22 years,” Taylor said.

The adults tell a different story in an incident report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. In fact, they showed up at the lobby of the agency’s headquarters to report the incident.

One of the girls’ mothers said her daughter “got jumped on from behind and was getting punched in the head” and none of the school employees on the sidewalk were dong anything about it.

She said she and another family member tried to pull the girls apart, and got that accomplished with the help of the school staff.

The mother said she got hit in the face during the scuffle but that she was OK.

She and her daughter went with emergency medical crews to a hospital to be checked out.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office stated in the incident report that deputies didn’t see any marks on the parties involved.

An investigation determined the two girls got into a scuffle, but deputies were unable to pinpoint who started it.

Despite the fight after the festivities, Taylor said the students “were wonderfully behaved” during the middle school dance as well as a dance for high school students on Saturday.

“It is so unfortunate that a wonderful evening for our Middle School Village had to end this way,” the school said in a statement. “Please know that the authorities are now handling the situation with the utmost seriousness.”

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