In response to the fights at Cheraw High School yesterday, Chesterfield County School Superintendent Dr. Harrison Goodwin issued a statement this morning:
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, there were two fights at Cheraw High School involving five students. These altercations took place during a period at the school known as “Tomahawk Time,” which is a modified lunch session that allows extra time for students to do make-up class work and receive additional instruction, if needed.
The school resource officer called for assistance and both Chesterfield County Sheriff’s office and Cheraw Police Department responded. In the course of dealing with the involved students, two students were tased by sheriff’s deputies.
The school is following the district discipline policy in dealing with the five students. Charges for the students will be handled by local law enforcement officials.
“Tomahawk Time” is a modified lunch schedule that has been implemented successfully in many schools in South Carolina in varying formats and has been used at Cheraw High this year. The total time for the modified lunch period is 65 minutes.
Cheraw High School administration has adjusted the structure of the modified lunch during the year and will continue to evaluate. While evaluating after this recent event, the school will operate on a more typical 35-minute lunch period schedule.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department has also had additional deputies on the Cheraw High campus today to ensure safety.