Three separate fights involving 12 different students broke out Tuesday at two schools in Newton County.
Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson said there is a normal amount of discipline problems at area schools, but people were just not used to seeing it early in the year.
Tuesday morning NCSO Deputy Veronica Williams had to break up a fight in the cafeteria at Sharp Learning Center.
Watterson said the incident began when two boys began arguing the dinning area. The argument escalated and other juveniles became involved. The incident soon turned violent and eight juveniles had to be restrained.
A 14-year-old and four 15-year-olds were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, affray-fighting and the disruption of operation of a public school.
The SLC is an alternative school for troubled students.
Later that day, two male students began to fight at near the gym of Newton High School. A school employee later identified Justin Ackerson, 18; and Darvin Cameron, 17; as the students who were fighting.
NCSO Deputy Anthony Washington met with boy men who reportedly admitted to the incident.
Ackerson and Cameron were both suspended from the school along with being taken to into custody and transported to the Newton County Detention Center. They were charged with affray-fighting and the disruption of operation of a public school
Also on Tuesday at NHS, two juvenile girls had to be separated after a fight in the hallway.
According to reports, the first juvenile stated she was walking down the hall when the second juvenile approached her. Juvenile two reportedly then stated "I heard you been taking about me."
Juvenile one then laughed and shrugged her shoulders at juvenile two, who then slapped juvenile one. They then both began to fight in the hallway before they were separated by a witness.
Washington was again the investigator on scene. Both girls were suspended and released to their parents. Juvenile complaint forms were completed on both girls.