New details released about fight that prompts lockdown Thursday at D.H. Conley High School

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — An altercation involving several students Thursday afternoon resulted in D.H. Conley High School being placed on lockdown.

Jennifer Johnson, Public Information Officer for Pitt County Schools, said, “For the safety of all students, D.H. Conley was placed on a modified lockdown. The situation is under control, and law enforcement is assisting.”

Additional law enforcement was called to the school and was there for the rest of the school day. Officials said the altercation was between some students and a school resource officer.

On Friday, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office issued a notice about the incident.

“On Thursday afternoon, September 30, 2021, Deputy M. R. Stroud was on duty as one of the School Resource Officers at D. H. Conley High School.  At about 1:45 PM Deputy Stroud attempted to deescalate a fight in a hallway of the school when a juvenile approached and assaulted him as he was performing his duties.

“Deputy Stroud called for assistance and multiple deputies and officers responded to assist.  The school was placed in lockdown for everyone’s safety.

“We are aware of rumors that circulated online, and in the community, stating that Deputy Stroud had lost his weapon during the incident.  Those rumors were completely false.  At no time did the deputy lose his weapon.  At no time was there a weapon from any other source at large on the campus.  However, a search of the campus was performed out of an abundance of caution due to some concerns.

“Thankfully, there were no injuries from this incident.  There will be juvenile petitions filed against at least one involved party.  The case is still being investigated.”

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