Student hospitalized after fight at school

Published 10:08 am Thursday, January 27, 2011

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP — The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident between two students at Rock Hill High School that resulted in one being taken to the hospital.

The incident, a fight between two 17-year-old boys, occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Monday at the high school, Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. The fight sent one boy to the hospital while the other boy was arrested.

“We did file assault, juvenile delinquency by assault, charges on him and placed him in the group home,” Lawless said. “If you have a serious situation then the juvenile would be housed at the group and shelter home pending Judge (David) Payne’s, the probate juvenile judge, decision on what to do with him from there.”

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Betsy Clark, chief deputy clerk at the Lawrence County Juvenile/Probate Court, said the boy faced a detention hearing on Wednesday, to determine where he would be housed until his next hearing. She said the next hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Lawless said in less serious situations, juveniles are cited to appear in court and are then released to their parents.

“This situation here,” he said, “we felt it warranted the child being housed at the group home for now.”

Sheriff’s reports on the incident said the boy that was hospitalized suffered two broken jawbones, as well as one of the jawbones breaking through his teeth.

Sharon Shaw, a spokesperson for St. Mary’s Medical Center, where the boy was taken, said he was listed in good condition Wednesday evening.

Calls to Rock Hill superintendent Wes Hairston and high school principal Steve Lambert were not returned by press time.