Students Say Race is to Blame for Recent Fights, Principal Denie - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Students Say Race is to Blame for Recent Fights, Principal Denies Claims

Posted:

BERLIN, Md. – Two fights broke out at Stephen Decatur High School recently, and students say they were racially motivated.

The school principal though, Thomas Zimmer, denies that claim.

During the first that happened in the hallway of the school, a couple of students stood by to capture the fight on their cellphones, while a white student and two black students traded punches.

The brawl caught some students by surprise.

"It kind of makes our school look really bad because that's not really what it is at all."

"I think it was crazy. I mean I wasn't expecting to see anything like that."

The next day, a second fight broke out. This one happened in the McDonald's parking lot across the street from the school.

This fight was one on one, between a black and white student.

Stephanie Lisi is the mother of the 15-year-old freshman who was involved in the McDonald's parking lot fight.

Lisi was upset to find her son's face on the cover of the paper linked to allegations that race had something to do with it.

" It had nothing to do with race. What the media has done is an absolute outrage."

Some students at Stephen Decatur tell WBOC someone posted a racist picture on Instagram after the first school fight.

Students say the second fight happened after the post.

Principal Zimmer denies claims of racial issues at the school.

He spoke with students in every grade level last week.

"We discussed what had taken place and what we can do as a school family to move on from here, " Zimmer said.

The principal says there is stepped up police presence inside and outside the school.

He and the superintendent also sent home a letter to parents, which you can read in its entirety here.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Milford Man Arrested For 2017 Assault Case

    Milford Man Arrested For 2017 Assault Case

    Sep 18, 2018 5:36 PM -04:002018-09-18 21:36:00 GMT
    Tuesday, September 18 2018 5:36 PM EDT2018-09-18 21:36:21 GMT
    Credit: WBOCCredit: WBOC
    Credit: WBOCCredit: WBOC
    Ellendale Police took a Milford man into custody at a vehicle stop on September 15, for a warrant that was out for his a arrest from a 2017 assault case.More
    Ellendale Police took a Milford man into custody at a vehicle stop on September 15, for a warrant that was out for his a arrest from a 2017 assault case. More
  • Salisbury Fire Department to Receive SAFER Grant

    Salisbury Fire Department to Receive SAFER Grant

    Sep 18, 2018 5:27 PM -04:002018-09-18 21:27:00 GMT
    Tuesday, September 18 2018 5:29 PM EDT2018-09-18 21:29:28 GMT
    Salisbury Fire Department (Photo WBOC)Salisbury Fire Department (Photo WBOC)
    Salisbury Fire Department (Photo WBOC)Salisbury Fire Department (Photo WBOC)
    The Salisbury Fire Department received a SAFER grant to hire an additional twelve firefighters.More
    The Salisbury Fire Department received a SAFER grant to hire an additional twelve firefighters.More
  • Lewes To Trap Feral Cats

    Lewes To Trap Feral Cats

    Sep 18, 2018 4:51 PM -04:002018-09-18 20:51:00 GMT
    Tuesday, September 18 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-09-18 20:59:43 GMT
    LEWES, Del.- The city of Lewes is planning to trap and remove cats from two feral colonies in town. Mayor Ted Becker says one cat colony downtown and one near the beach have grown too large to remain as is. Becker says the city has hired a state-licensedMore
    LEWES, Del.- The city of Lewes is planning to trap and remove cats from two feral colonies in town. Mayor Ted Becker says one cat colony downtown and one near the beach have grown too large to remain as is. Becker says the city has hired a state-licensed More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • State Police Investigate Death of Caroline County Teenager in Attempted Kidnapping

    State Police Investigate Death of Caroline County Teenager in Attempted Kidnapping

    A Caroline County teen is dead after police say they arrested him for attempting to kidnap another boy. It happened Sunday night not too far from Wyatt's Rentals Trailer Park off Greensboro Road where the teen lived.

    After arresting 19 year-old, Antone Black, police say he began to show signs of medical distress and was transported to Easton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    More

    A Caroline County teen is dead after police say they arrested him for attempting to kidnap another boy. It happened Sunday night not too far from Wyatt's Rentals Trailer Park off Greensboro Road where the teen lived.

    After arresting 19 year-old, Antone Black, police say he began to show signs of medical distress and was transported to Easton Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    More
  • Florence Impacts Delaware Beaches

    Florence Impacts Delaware Beaches

    As Hurricane Florence dies down, Delaware's beaches are feeling some lingering impacts from the powerful storm.

    In Rehoboth Beach, Beach Patrol Chief Aaron Tartal says the storm water outfalls are more exposed than usual and that Florence brought rip currents to the area. As such, lifeguards put swimming advisories in place throughout the weekend.

    More

    As Hurricane Florence dies down, Delaware's beaches are feeling some lingering impacts from the powerful storm.

    In Rehoboth Beach, Beach Patrol Chief Aaron Tartal says the storm water outfalls are more exposed than usual and that Florence brought rip currents to the area. As such, lifeguards put swimming advisories in place throughout the weekend.

    More
  • Three People Struck By Train in Georgetown

    Three People Struck By Train in Georgetown

    Georgetown Police are investigating a crash where three people where struck by a train early in the morning on September 16, in Georgetown, Delaware.

    More

    Georgetown Police are investigating a crash where three people where struck by a train early in the morning on September 16, in Georgetown, Delaware.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices