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UPDATE: Principal knocked to ground in Halifax County High School fight

Halifax County High School Principal Albert Randolph was knocked to the ground as he attempted to break up a fight between four female students at the high school Monday afternoon, according to South Boston Police Captain B. K. Lovelace. 


According to Randolph, it is believed the fight began when students brought outside issues to the school.

The melee occurred shortly after 1 p.m. as students were being dismissed during an early release school day and students were walking to the bus parking lot. 

“I was the first on scene to break up the fight and got pushed down during the altercation,” said Randolph.

Although no students or administrators were injured, the school nurse treated two of the students involved for minor scrapes and scratches.

Halifax County Public School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon said Tuesday the school is following proper procedure pertaining to the discipline for the students.

“We’re following the discipline code, including suspension, or they may be recommended for long-term suspension,” said Randolph.

Charges are pending, and students who observed the incident are now being interviewed, Lovelace said.

No one was transported from the school to the hospital, he added.

School Resource Officer E. M. Cawthon is continuing an investigation that is expected to conclude by the end of the week, Lovelace said.

“We will not tolerate it. It will not be condoned in the school. We just will not tolerate it,” concluded Randolph.