Students facing possible expulsion after brawl at West Ashley High School

Students facing possible expulsion after brawl at West Ashley High School

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A brawl involving pepper spray at West Ashley High School was sparked by an ongoing feud on social media, officials said Thursday.

Charleston Police charged ten female students in connection with the fight in the school cafeteria Thursday morning. Nine students were charged with disorderly conduct and the student found to be in possession of the pepper spray was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said.

"To my best knowledge, this is an ongoing social media type dispute that erupted into a physical altercation," West Ashley High Principal Lee Runyon said.

Runyon said all ten students are facing suspensions with possible expulsion.

Cell phone video of the fight was posted on Facebook.

The video shows several students cursing and throwing punches. The school's resource officer jumped in to try to break up the fight.

Runyon says state law allows schools to conduct searches of they have reasonable suspicion.

"Obviously the staff this morning did not have a reasonable suspicion that any type of weapon will be on campus or that a student may have possession of it," Runyon said.

Runyon said students affected by the spray were treated at the scene.

The school remained on a Code Yellow lockdown until approximately 10 a.m.

The identities of the students have not been released.

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