GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) — A family here in the East is speaking out after fighting at Washington County High School suspended a cheerleader and injured a student resource officer.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office tells WITN that the deputy was stabbed with a pen, but the mother of the girl involved in a fight Friday night wants to tell her side of the story.
At Friday’s Washington County high school basketball game, mom Melanie Jackson said there were three fights.
“I’m here to clear it up — the cheerleaders were not involved in a resource officer being stabbed,” Jackson said.
According to Jackson, a fight took place between her daughter, Brooke Blount, her college cheerleading coach, and another female cheerleader.
The second, she says, was a verbal fight between a cheerleader and a fan, and she claims the third was a fight between the college cheerleading coach, the cheerleader’s family member, and her. She says that was the confrontation with the student resource officer.
“Someone tried to disable the issue as resolved. The officer kind of reacted when she jumped, she got hit and she kept saying, ‘I got hit, I got hit,’ and we tried to explain that she got hit accidentally,” Jackson said.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fighting. Chief Deputy Arlo Norman said he could not comment on the ongoing investigation, but they are reviewing video showing who is involved.
“At this point I can’t give too much information as this is an ongoing investigation – but I’m here to tell you… It wasn’t like the officer was stabbed. That was not the case. She wasn’t stabbed and there were no cheerleaders,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s daughter is the only one suspended at this time. She tells us she doesn’t understand the reason and feels it’s favouritism.
WITN wanted to speak to the cheerleading coach. When we called the high school, they referred us to the superintendent, who texted Jacyn Abbott’s with the statement she gave us yesterday.
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