District: Laurens 55 students who record fights to face disciplinary action

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LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) –

Laurens County School District 55 confirmed Wednesday students who record videos of fights may face disciplinary action for encouraging violent behavior.

District spokesperson Ed Murray said their goal is hold students accountable for their actions.

“Standing by and filming the violent acts of other students encourages rather than discourages such behavior,” Murray said. “Therefore, it is our practice to assign consequences to those who might choose to celebrate rather than mitigate these situations.”

District superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters said this is enforcing a policy students already sign at the beginning of each school year regarding use of cellular devices in Laurens 55 schools.

Peters said the policy was adopted in 2002 and revised in 2004.

Multiple fights broke out at Laurens District High School in February and students captured video of the fights, which were spread on social media.

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