Arrested student talks about Sherman HS riot

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- A riot on Thursday at Sherman High School has some parents and students concerned about their safety at school. Ruth Baker spoke with one of the students in involved in that altercation.

Before the bell rang at Sherman High on Thursday morning, two students were fighting in the halls onside the cafeteria.

"He hit me. I was just looking around. He hit me right in the eye, and I was like, ‘Let’s go again."

One of the students, Daniel Gracia, 17, says it all started by fighting over a chair in the cafeteria.

Sherman school officials say they have strict policies in place when it comes to violence. They say zero tolerance does apply and if kids don't listen to authorities, they could be sent home or even arrested.

But Gracia didn't make it to class.

Two officers assigned to the school grounds took him, along with six others, into custody. They were charged with rioting. Authorities say it was because of the number of people involved.

"It was a regular fight. It involved 10 students which created a substantial risk of other people being injured."

"Daniel’s going to be suspended today. He got into a pretty big fight today."

This is the message his mother received from the school but she later found out her son was in Grayson County Jail, something she says she is every parent’s worst nightmare.

"Seeing my son had a black eye and a cut, he told them he was ok but that was him trying to be a big man."

Police say the teachers are trained to control these situations but should never have to be put in harm’s way.

"There are other avenues to take then physical violence. You wouldn’t be safe on the road or even going to Wal-Mart or Christmas shopping if people resort to violence."

From Thursday/Friday...
SHERMAN, Tex. -- Sherman Police say an incident at Sherman High School that sent several students to jail on Thursday was a "riot".

All of the pictured students will be charged with "riot participation" as adults.

All but one posted bond.

The other minor students involved were likely released to their parents or juvenile services.

Police say a fight broke out, and a crowd of students jumped in.

We will have more on this as it becomes available.

From Thursday...
SHERMAN, Tex. -- Ten students have been jailed on rioting charges after a large fight at Sherman High School on Thursday.

Sherman Police say it happened just before 8 o’clock Thursday morning near the campus library.

While authorities aren't releasing names or ages of those arrested, they do say that seven adult students and three juvenile students were involved.

No one was seriously hurt, but one student was treated for minor injuries on campus.

An estimated 300 students were in that hall when the fight broke out, which officers say made it difficult to break up the skirmish.

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