Seven Enloe students arrested in balloon-tossing prank

From staff reportsMay 17, 2013 

— Seven Enloe High School students face misdemeanor charges and possible school disciplinary action for an incident Thursday in which plastic bottles and balloons filled with water were thrown at students and administrators ordered students kept in their classrooms.

Wake County Public School System spokeswoman Renee McCoy said Friday that “all indications” were that the balloons held tap water despite rumors and Twitter posts suggesting before the event that they might hold something else.

School officials had heard rumors of pranks happening Thursday and alerted school system security and Raleigh police, and extra police were on campus before anything happened, Principal Scott Lyons told parents in a phone message.

Lyons said administrators were “aware that some students were threatening to toss balloons filled with water and other substances” so they “felt it best “ to keep students in their classrooms during seventh period.

McCoy said school officials are determining what action to take against the students, but all remained listed as students on Friday morning.

Enloe has about 2,300 students, and “objects are not to be thrown” simply as a matter of keeping order on the campus, she said.

Justin Devon Mangum, 17, of Walnut Bluff Lane in Raleigh was charged with assault and battery for throwing a water balloon, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said. The balloon he is charged with throwing hit an employee of AlliedBarton, a security firm employed by the school system, Sughrue said.

Mangum is a freshman, officials said.

The other arrested students were:

• Deonte Rodricus Ward, 16, of Frenchmen Court in Raleigh, a sophomore

• Roderick Elliott Hodge Jr., 16, of Barwell Road in Raleigh, a junior

• Kelton Treyquon Hines, 16, of Brintons Mill Lane, Knightdale, a junior

• Christopher Montrell Coward, 17, of Calumet Drive in Raleigh, a sophomore

• Robert Edward Brown III, 16, of Waterford Landing Court in Raleigh, a sophomore

• Damarcus Nathaniel Cole, 16, of Gladstone Drive in Raleigh, a junior

All were charged with disorderly conduct.

Cole also was charged with simple affray (fighting) and resisting an officer.

All seven were released on bail.

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