Social media has been abuzz with stories about what happened Thursday afternoon at Enloe High School that resulted in the arrest of seven students for throwing liquid-filled balloons at classmates.
Rumors have circulated that the balloons were filled with some pretty nasty liquids such as urine, paint and bleach. But Raleigh police and Wake County school officials said Friday that there's no evidence at this point that there was anything other than water in the balloons.
The possibility that these balloons might be filled with more than just water caused Enloe to keep students in their classrooms during seventh period.
Six students, all sophomores and juniors, were charged with disorderly conduct. One of the six students was also charged with simple affray (fighting) and resisting an officer.
A seventh student was charged with assault and battery. Police say they know the name of the victim, an AliiedBarton security officer, who was hit by the water balloon the freshman is accused of throwing.
Here's the text of the automated phone message that Enloe Principal Scott Lyons sent to parents Thursday afternoon:
This is Scott Lyons, Principal of Enloe High School.
I am calling to provide you with information about actions taken at our school today. The Enloe Administration had heard information earlier this week that students may have planned several pranks on campus today. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we notified WCPSS Security and our School Resource Officer. As a result, the Raleigh Police Department increased their presence and visibility on the Enloe campus as a precautionary measure.
We are aware that some students were threatening to toss balloons filled with water and other substances. The Enloe administration felt it best to keep students in their classrooms during 7th period.
Please be aware that any misconduct will be carefully investigated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
You may want to speak with your Enloe student about the serious penalties that can occur with pranks such as this. I encourage everyone to review the Student Code of Conduct in the Student/Parent Handbook and take particular notice of the consequences of such behavior.
Police say seven students were arrested for the water balloon incident. Updated to say the 17-year-old student charged with assault and battery is a freshman.