Two teens charged after fight at Clover High School

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 20, 2013 

— A fight between two teenage girls at Clover High School became one male student’s lunchtime entertainment when deputies say he showed video of the scuffle to friends hours after one of the girls had been charged with assault and battery this week.

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, deputies responded to a fight between two students in the high school’s ninth-grade lobby, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. School staff had stopped the fight, and one teen, 15, had gone to the nurse’s office with a swollen right eye. There, she told deputies that another student, 14, had punched her in the head and face.

The suspect, who suffered from a scratch on her left cheek, told deputies the other teen had been bullying her before their fight.

School surveillance video corroborated both girls’ statements.

Deputies determined that the suspect started the fight and charged her with third-degree assault and battery and disturbing schools. She was summoned to Family Court and released to her aunt and uncle.

Also on the school video was Zachary Burrows, a 17-year-old student who deputies saw videotape the fight.

On Tuesday, police found Burrows in the cafeteria during lunch, showing the video to other students while laughing, the report states. School administrators told him school policy forbids videotaping fights, which carry the same penalties as for an actual fight itself.

Burrows refused to hand over his phone to school officials and was escorted to the school’s resource officer, the report states. Burrows refused to give the officer his phone or answer any questions.

Because of the “ongoing humiliation of the victim,” Burrows was issued a summons to court on a disturbing schools charge, deputies reported.

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