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Seven teenage students in North Carolina were arrested on Thursday and charged with a misdemeanor for throwing water balloons during a school prank. A parent was also arrested during the incident. The seven boys, all between the ages of 16 and 17, threw balloons filled with tap water as an end-of-year prank at Enloe High School in Raleigh. The balloons were rumored to be filled with “other substances,” but Wake County Public School System spokeswoman Renee McCoy said “all indications” were that only water was used. Six of the teens were charged with disorderly conduct. The seventh was charged with assault and battery for hitting a school security officer with a balloon.
Kevin Hines said saw Raleigh police officers acting aggressively towards a student they were arresting when he drove up to the school. "Being lifted up by the neck and taken down hard," Hines said. Hines said he tried to intervene was but was told he didn't know the whole story. Hines complied and said he wished to speak to the principal. "You're just trying to cause trouble. Get out," Hines said an officer told him. Hines said he then attempted to talk to a lieutenant but was approached by two officers and threatening with a TASER. Hines said he told the officers that wasn't necessary. "They arrested me on grounds of trespassing," Hines said. "So, they put cuffs on me and carried me away."
Renee McCoy, a representative of Wake County Public Schools, said they rely on the training of the Raleigh Police Department in these situations. "We leave those decisions up to Raleigh PD," McCoy said
The mother of an Enloe High School student has filed a complaint with the Raleigh Police Department after an officer threw her son to the ground Thursday as police responded to a water balloon battle at the school.
The seventh was charged with assault and battery for hitting a school security officer with a balloon.