First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON -- Four more Purnell Swett High School students were sentenced to jail last week for their participation in a riot at the school in October.
Casey Dewayne Chavis, Ryan McClellan, Travis Strickland and Stoney Locklear were sentenced Friday for charges ranging from simple affray, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse on command.
District Court Judge John Carter issued the sentences, which ranged from two to seven days. The students were also placed on probation, which ranged from one to two years, and given community service ranging from 24 to 48 hours.
Judge Carter ordered two students to each write a 500-word essay on the impact of violating school rules.
Three students, Ricky Locklear, Brett Malcolm and William Scott, were found not guilty of charges of simple affray, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. Six students were found guilty, but Carter suspended their punishment under the condition that they meet specific requirements and stay out of trouble.
The students faced charges following a brawl at the school on Oct. 7. Several students received their punishment in November, including three who were sent to jail. At least 14 of the students ages 15 and under were sent to juvenile court.