Video of the fight emerged on social media, showing one boy backing another into a corner and then leveling punches at him. The two run into the gym as other students follow, cheering on the brawlers, and shooting video of it on their phones.
As the fight continues, one student ends up on the ground, pulls a knife and stabs another in the leg and groin area. That 15-year-old student later lost consciousness and was pronounced dead. Another student, aged 16, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The fight broke out before 11 am on Monday, and it was a School Resource Officer that called police and EMS. On a call over police radio, a woman said "He's losing consciousness right now. We're in the main gym."
The reply came back to make sure that the school went into "lockdown."
The student, who was later arrested, was taken into custody by the School Resource Officer. Police officers said that "the scene is secure, and this appears to be an isolated incident."
Raleigh Police issued a statement reading: "There is currently a large police presence at Southeast Raleigh High School due to a serious assault. The scene is secure, and this appears to be an isolated incident. Please avoid the area around the school."
Parents learned about the incident via a follow-up message, and the Code Red lockdown and a "controlled" dismissal was enacted on Monday.
Counselors will be on hand at the school during the week to help students process their grief. School Superintendant Robert Taylor said that while the school, and schools in Wake County, do not have metal detectors, students are searched if staff have a "reasonable suspicion that a student has a weapon."
He vowed to "review all of our safety processes and protocols."
The family of the deceased told local news that they would be holding a balloon release in memorial. The names of the students involved have not yet been released.
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