5 charged in North Lenoir cafeteria fight involving over a dozen

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Five students have been charged after a fight broke out in a school cafeteria on Tuesday.

Lenoir County Sheriff Ronnie Ingram says it’s likely others will face charges after a review of footage from the incident at North Lenoir High School.

Already, the Lenoir County school system says that thirteen students are facing disciplinary action after the fracas.

It happened around noon while students were having lunch.

Officials said the altercation started between two students, but swelled to at least thirteen after other students joined the fight. There was one reported minor injury in the incident.

Administrators and teachers quickly gained control of the students, separating them into two groups for about 45 minutes.

There’s no word what prompted the initial disagreement between the pair that started the fight. However, it’s not believed to be gang-related.

School administrators say there will be increased patrols at the school following the incident.

“We did open the school with a few more sheriff deputies on hand out of a sense of caution,” said Patrick Holmes, Lenoir County Public Schools. “We just wanted to make sure the students felt safe. We felt they would be safe, but we wanted to bring that level of confidence to the school day.”

Holmes says the school system takes assault on a student very seriously.

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