Principal: No safety issues today at Lumberton High
LUMBERTON, Jan 16, 2013 (The Robesonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The principal of Lumberton High School said this morning that there are no safety issues at the school following an afternoon brawl on Tuesday that involved more than a dozen students.
Five students were arrested at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Detective Pete Locklear of the Lumberton Police Department, prompting an additional police presence at the school today.
The names of the students were not available as this was being written, but bond for each was set at $500. When a reporter for The Robesonian visited the school this morning, three officers were standing at the main entrance, and several were easily visible inside. There were several police cars at the school.
"All of our administrators are visible," said Larry Obeda, the principal of Lumberton High School. "We have extra people on duty. We have people in place ... . "
Obeda said safety is paramount a the school, which has about 2,100 students, making it one of the largest in the state.
The Robesonian received several phone calls this morning from people concerned about safety at the school.
"This school is safe contrary to popular belief," Obeda said. "This is the first incident all school year. School resource officers are always in the hallway."
Obeda said he and his staff have spoken with the parents of the students involved.
The five arrested students were not the only ones punished.
"There were quite a few students suspended because of the melee -- close to 15 or 16" said Obeda.
Dwayne Smith, a member of the Public Schools of Robeson County Board of Education, learned of the incident late Tuesday afternoon. He said school officials are investigating whether the incident was gang-related.
He also express confidence in the Obeda.
"He runs a tight ship," Smith said. "He's not going to take anything from anyone."
Smith said the extra police presence at the high school is meant to "send a message."
"That's good," he said.
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