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Brawl breaks out at Butler High; several arrested, suspended | #schoolsaftey

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – A fight broke out Tuesday morning at Butler High School, the latest campus in the CSRA to deal with a large outbreak of violence at the start of the school year.

A spokeswoman for the Richmond County School System said the district is investigating “a large fight.”

She said multiple students were suspended as a result of it and some have been arrested.

“The incident is being taken seriously,” Keisa Gunby said. “We are continuing to investigate the fight and any activity around the fight.”

She said the district is continuing to provide additional security and taking all precautions to keep students safe and maintain order in the school at 2011 Lumpkin Road.

High schools in Augusta just started the school year last week. At some other districts in the region where school started earlier, there was violence in the first days, as well.

On Aug. 3, a midday brawl broke out at Aiken High School, leading to several arrests and at least one student injury.

That happened days after a series of similar fights at Burke County High School.

More problems at Richmond County schools

There have already been other incidents this school year at other Richmond County campuses. Among them:

  • On Friday, a student saw a knife fall out of a student’s clothing at the Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing campus at 2920 Mike Padgett Highway. School district police were notified and the incident was being addressed by the code of student conduct and discipline.
  • Also on Friday, a student threatened to cause harm to a teacher and class at Barton Chapel Elementary School. The incident will be addressed by district police and the code of conduct.

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