5 Blue Ridge football players suspended, law enforcement investigating

Published on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Five Blue Ridge High School varsity football players have been suspended for a "ganging incident", the Greenville County School District confirmed to media Wednesday.

The suspensions are pending a recommendation for expulsion, according to a statement by Greenville Superintendent Burke Royster.

Criminal charges are also pending with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office confirming it is investigating and no serious injuries occurred.

A coach overheard athletes talking about the incident and notified authorities, according to a statement. Reportedly, the five varsity football players confronted a 9th grade C-team athlete in the locker room Tuesday.

A spokesperson from Greenville County schools issued a statement. “Our coach did exactly as staff members are trained to do by immediately referring the incident to law enforcement and the administration. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior and we have very stringent consequences in our student behavior code for such incidents which can result in expulsion. In addition to the student behavior code, we have an athletic code of conduct that holds our student athletes to even higher standards."

Ganging is described as more than one person confronting another and causing injury.

The investigation continues.

Blue Ridge plays a home game versus Chapman Friday night.




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