CUSHING, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email
CUSHING, TX (KTRE) - A Cushing school video camera pointing toward the parking lot where the fight broke out Friday night may provide some valuable answers. A Texas Ranger is investigating if the pepper spray was used appropriately.
"Whether or not it was used unjustly," Cushing ISD Officer Shane Johnson said. "Whether or not it was used in a manner tat was unnecessary or necessary. If it was overly aggressive matter. Did it need to be used.?"
In addition to the video taken from the building camera, the Texas Ranger is expecting to review some video taken by a cell phone. A bystander recorded the entire incident.
The videos won't be released at this time.
"You can see what's happening, but you can't see, it doesn't give a clear picture of all the details," Superintendent Michael Davis said.
But he says it does show two high school girls, with their parents, arguing for a significant period of time.
"Seven to eight minutes," Davis said. "It was ample opportunity for both to disperse."
Witnesses say one of the parents was the wife of Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss. According to Davis, the disagreements have been festering primarily through Facebook postings.
"Not only the kids, but adults involved in the kids' problems," Davis said. "It's kinda frustrating to see those things go on."
"Very childish," Johnson said.
But serious. Constable William Sowell confirms Kerss' wife filed a complaint last week against a 15-year-old Cushing girl. She requested no charges be filed, but wanted the allegations on record.
"I hope everybody involved learns a lesson and moves forward," Davis said.
Administrators accept blame for not monitoring graduation dismissal properly. During the hot summer they're reviewing policies for school events.
The sheriff is deferring the investigation to the school police and Texas Rangers. His wife is not commenting at this time.
In the fall, the Cushing students can expect disciplinary action for fighting on campus.
The Texas Ranger could release his findings in the coming days.
At 6:30 p.m., the Cushing School Board will gather in a special meeting to discuss safety issues.