Gang arrests made in school brawl

Video released today shows students exiting the Academy of Richmond County auditorium around the time of a disturbance there earlier this month.
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A handcuffed teen is escorted to a patrol car by deputies at the Academy of Richmond County. He was one of five students charged with gang activity.  Kendrick Brinson/Staff
Kendrick Brinson/Staff
A handcuffed teen is escorted to a patrol car by deputies at the Academy of Richmond County. He was one of five students charged with gang activity.

Five students were led away in handcuffs from the Academy of Richmond County on Monday, charged with gang activity during an April 3 disturbance involving hundreds of students.

Investigators from the sheriff's gang task force said they think a rivalry between the Harrisburg Posse and the Wrightsboro Road and Belair Road-based Zone 4 gang sparked a fight after an assembly in the auditorium.

Joseph Keith Norfleat, 18; Chaz Rennie Green, 19; Corray Neatron Bryant, 18; Deontae Javares Cherry, 17; and an unnamed juvenile were charged with unlawful street gang activity and inciting a riot, according to sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

As of Monday afternoon, investigators were still searching for 17-year-old Johndrick Barnes and an unnamed juvenile.

Four juveniles and four students 17 or older were arrested the day of the fight and charged with disorderly conduct.

Richmond County investigators said they think there were people at the school during the fight who were not students, and they are searching for them.

"We know that there were some people who were not supposed to be in the school, but we don't know their level of involvement," Sgt. Roundtree said.

Attempts to talk to school officials about student safety and security at the historic school were unsuccessful.

Messages left for both school Superintendent Dana Bedden and Julia Porter-Stein, the school board's director of public safety, were not returned Monday.

The April 3 disturbance apparently began with a fight involving eight students, but soon the crowd swelled to nearly 700 people, according to Sgt. Roundtree.

Surveillance video shows the suspects flashing gang hand signals, also called "signs," to get other students into the fight. Witnesses said more fights erupted and at least 50 people were involved.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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jebko
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jebko 04/22/08 - 03:53 am
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Is ARC segregated?

Is ARC segregated?

canalfishing
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canalfishing 04/22/08 - 05:30 am
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LMAO,SO FUNNY Jebko. it would

LMAO,SO FUNNY Jebko. it would have been very easy to pull the fire alarm, the crowd would bee lined out of there. smart teachers,huh?

sTiCkMaN
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sTiCkMaN 04/22/08 - 05:37 am
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looking at how well this hall

looking at how well this hall way is moving would explain why you cant walk through the mall.

shivas
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shivas 04/22/08 - 05:47 am
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Not a proud moment for my old

Not a proud moment for my old high school.

PantherPride
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PantherPride 04/22/08 - 06:07 am
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The video says it all.

The video says it all.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 04/22/08 - 06:10 am
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Does the students there not

Does the students there not have to wear badges identifying them as students? How can they just let people off the street walk into the school? Sounds like security needs to be beefed up big time and badges checked on every student that enters the school. My daughter attended that school for half a school year and hated it, there was always fights going on.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/22/08 - 06:19 am
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Why, JEBKO, too many of one

Why, JEBKO, too many of one kind for you? I have never had a problem walking thru the mall. Maybe people should not be so timid.

sTiCkMaN
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sTiCkMaN 04/22/08 - 06:36 am
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im not timid, i promise you

im not timid, i promise you that. its a pain in the *** to have people loitering all the time.

UrNotReady4TheTruth
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UrNotReady4TheTruth 04/22/08 - 06:43 am
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HYPOCRITE I don't seem to

HYPOCRITE I don't seem to have that problem either, in fact normaly people part like the Red Sea. Some women even go as far as grabbing their purse... This was not a gang fight. I have yet to see a gang in Augusta, Gang Wannabes maybe. I look at it like this, I'll take a BIG fight over a Bomb or Shooting any day!

mayhem2020
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mayhem2020 04/22/08 - 06:44 am
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Is there any wonder as pp

Is there any wonder as pp stated, the viveo says it all!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/22/08 - 06:44 am
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Geez, the article really make

Geez, the article really make Dr. Bedden look like an [filtered word]. He kept saying it was only 7 people in the fight and that it was only about 50 people standing around. Not what the RCSO investigators are saying now. Dr. Bedden, thanks for trying to cover it up. You are starting to sound like another Dr. we just ran out of town!!!

augustadog
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augustadog 04/22/08 - 06:46 am
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Harrisburg Posse and Zone 4

Harrisburg Posse and Zone 4 ????
Thank God for Aquinas High. Still a quality education and no "gangsta Crap!!!!!! Its a shame what has happened to Richmond Academy.

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 06:52 am
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The video show a good time

The video show a good time being had by all. Look at all the smiling faces. Just business as usual, I guess. Part of the "culture"

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MS_ALEXIS 04/22/08 - 06:57 am
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please, arc was bound to wind

please, arc was bound to wind up just like glenn hills, cross creek, josey, laney, and butler.....a bunch of wanna be gangs....augusta is the slowest city i have lived in to be talking about gangs. take those wanna be thugs to new york or california and show them a real gang....they would wind up dead. i graduated from cross creek after leaving glenn hills because of gangs and in return they beat up the principal because she got in between. lame....... these kids around here are so stupid because they don't know anything. they can't stay in school so why not just lock them up. build a jail just for these embarrassments to society.

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givitup 04/22/08 - 07:10 am
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Once again, "Thank God for

Once again, "Thank God for Aquinas High School". The gangs at Aquinas just consist of Abercrombie and Fitch Model wannnabes. If you can get them off of all that Concerta, Straterra, Ritalin and or Cocaine there maybe some real children under that Green and White. So, once again "Thank God for Aquinas and nowhere else".

Tired of the BS
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Tired of the BS 04/22/08 - 07:19 am
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i hope that everyone took a

i hope that everyone took a good look at the future residents of our local jails and federal prisons.

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I4PUTT 04/22/08 - 07:21 am
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Who could have seen this

Who could have seen this coming? Teachers do not have the ability or authority to control the class rooms, parents aren't even there when kids get home from schools, dads are absent from their kids life, parents want to sue if anyone tries to discipline or even criticize their child, parents want to be their child's friend, many parents allow their children to drink or do drugs at home because they think it's safer, over burdened police departments, some of the music today, video games glorify violence, divorce rates through the roof, adults living together versus marriage, parents not only buying condoms for under age sons but bragging if they use them, .......this really caught us by surprise. We are in desperate need of parenting classes. Oh, I almost forgot, among teens today oral sex is a given...even on the first date. I guess it depends on what the definition of sex is....

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 07:25 am
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14 PUTT-Amen. These haughty

14 PUTT-Amen. These haughty mothers with the chip on their shoulders will get right in a teachers face, I mean up close and personal, if the teacher dares to say one word of criticism about their little brats/thugs.

kam
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kam 04/22/08 - 07:26 am
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The Richmond County Schools

The Richmond County Schools are looking real bad. The schools need to come up with some very strict rules. They might need to change these schools into bording schools but seperate the sex because ladies are getting pregnent or bring the military in to supervise these children as they are going through school. If they want to drop out they automatic go to jail, if they want to wear gold automatic jail, and if they want to be thugs automatic jail. Lets remember that we are being judged by our characters. We have to help these young children of all race because we are all Americans and we need a future. Instead of building jails build bording schools or military academies. I bet that will teach these children right from wrong. They might not want to go but make there sorry behinds go.

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mommie2 04/22/08 - 07:27 am
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This saddens me to see this

This saddens me to see this happen at my alma mater. I used to be proud to say that I was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County. 10 years ago I was but it seems everything has gone drastically downhill.

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bigdan4439 04/22/08 - 07:27 am
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givitup...Those are some

givitup...Those are some pretty bold accusations, I hope you have some proof for a statement like that....I am willing to bet you don't. Maybe you should keep your bad mouthing to yourself.

mayhem2020
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mayhem2020 04/22/08 - 07:43 am
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wonder where gum, rcr, justus

wonder where gum, rcr, justus and shivas are this morning. I know they have really good comments about this article.

mayhem2020
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mayhem2020 04/22/08 - 07:44 am
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700??? Guess it's a case of

700??? Guess it's a case of monkey see, monkey do!

Jillian
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Jillian 04/22/08 - 07:57 am
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Put these gangster wanna-be's

Put these gangster wanna-be's out on the chain gang every morning from 5a.m. until 7 p.m. and let them clean up the garbage along the streets and highways. See how many are flashing signs after a days labor....most of these kids have absolutely nothing else to focus on in life...no positive role model's, no mentor's when the parent's have failed to be parent's, no hope for a future...who wants a $7 an hour job when the gas to get there is nearing $4 per gallon...and no social or academic skills to prepare them for life in general.

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jackfruitpaper833 04/22/08 - 08:00 am
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Ms. Alexis you could have

Ms. Alexis you could have left Laney out of your post, and having been to an assembly there, I will say this about Dr. Welcher, he would never have let a mass of students out at the same time, he does things decent and in order. Now if we can replace him and get someone there who will get us off AYP.

i.b.e.w..electric
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i.b.e.w..electric 04/22/08 - 08:02 am
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somebody should have just

somebody should have just throwed a couple of watermelons on the floor ,that would have stopped the fighting.,,gotta eat.,lol

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weekapaug05 04/22/08 - 08:02 am
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bigdan4439, how are those

bigdan4439, how are those BOLD accusations? I'd say that's about spot on. Fact of the matter is most kids that are in middle/high school and have parents that can afford it have their kids on some kind of ADD or ADHD drug. I'd say that they are some of the most over prescribed drugs on the market. All you have to do is tell your doctor that you can't concentrate and watch a prescription fall into your hand. And if you go to Aquanis I'd imagine that your parents have some $$ and if you're already a speed freak from the ADD meds then cocain is naturally the next step up. I'm not going to say that this is true, but probably in the right ball park.

griesella
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griesella 04/22/08 - 08:05 am
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Jillian,,I don't see what the

Jillian,,I don't see what the price of gasoline has to do with your post. These thugs didn't want a job at $7.00 an hr (or a job at any price per hour) when gas was 97 cents a gallon.

The Time is Now
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The Time is Now 04/22/08 - 08:06 am
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My child attends that school

My child attends that school and is an honor roll student. I showed her the clip and she says the crowd is like that in the hallway everyday without brawls occurring. Is "No child left behind" really helping if all the schools are "behind". Let students go where they are zoned to decrease overcrowding. If they aren't there to learn..put them out. But don't generalize and say all students there are going to local jails or federal prison, because then you are referring to my child and I get offended.

GETACLUE
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GETACLUE 04/22/08 - 08:06 am
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Are you freaking kidding me?

Are you freaking kidding me? These idiots are 18 and 19 and still in school not to mention the older kids coming in unchecked. If you are college age and cant progress past taking up space in a class room or flashing gang signs, maybe you can take up space on a chain gang like Cool Hand Luke. Let them spend thirty years on the hot asphalt to take out some aggression. " takin' it off Boss"

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