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Wall Street Journal highlights Wake County student arrested at water-balloon fight

Updated to include that the Wall Street Journal emailed the wrong address to get comment from the school system.

The Wake County school system is continuing to feel the national fallout from the May 2013 incident at Enloe High School where Raleigh police arrested seven students while responding to a water-balloon fight.

One of those students is highlighted in a front-page article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how police around the country are increasingly being involved in school discipline matters. The article talks about how Stephen Perry says he was trying to avoid a water-balloon fight at Enloe when he was taken into custody.

When Perry volunteered he had a small pocketknife he had used to carve a tree, he was arrested on a weapons charge and suspended from school.

Lynn Perry, Stephens’ mother, said the charge was dropped, but the suspension and the time spent at court hearings left him short of the classes needed to graduate. They’re also worried about the charge affecting his ability to get into college.

The Journal says the school system didn’t respond to requests for comment. But school officials say the newspaper used an incorrect email address – sending a message to wspss.net instead of wcpss.net – to get comment for the article.

Perry’s case was cited both as part of a federal civil rights complaint filed against the district and in a report that aired in January on Al Jazeera.

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