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High school football jamboree fights send several fans to hospital, SC district says

Simone Jasper

Mon, August 15, 2022 at 8:30 AM

Fights erupted at a high school football jamboree, sending several fans to a South Carolina hospital, officials said.

Multiple injuries were reported after brawls broke out near the concession stand at the Greenwood High School Jamboree. Those involved were students attending schools that had been set to participate in the series of games on Friday, Aug. 12, according to Greenwood School District 50.

But the fighting put a stop to the jamboree and prompted criticism from the leader of the Greenwood school district, located roughly 80 miles northwest of Columbia.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated in our school district,” Superintendent Steve Glenn wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. “Those who choose to disrupt our schools and functions happening on our campuses will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”-

After the fights, the district also announced it would have an extra police presence at its schools.

“As a precaution, we will have additional law enforcement and staff in our schools and around our campuses on (Aug. 15),” Glenn wrote. “Our job as educators is to teach our children. As always, we will continue to work with our school administration and law enforcement to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff on a daily basis.”

The actions are being taken after reports of “several fights in the crowd” at the jamboree. Video shared with WSPA shows the chaos that unfolded as people tried to leave the event.

As of Aug. 12, the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post said there was no indication of a shooting but urged people who might have heard or taken video of gunfire at the games to contact deputies.

The fighting left several people hurt, and those with the most severe injuries were rushed to Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, according to the school district.

“At this time, there have been no threats made to any of our schools,” the superintendent wrote on Aug. 14. “Most of the individuals who were involved in Friday night’s altercation have been identified and will be disciplined according to the law and School Board policy.”

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