Five Blue Ridge High School varsity football players have been charged with assault and battery by mob in a locker room incident that occurred Tuesday, according to documents and school officials.
On Tuesday, a freshman C-team player was reportedly held on the floor of the locker room and assaulted, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
All five students are currently being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on a temporary bond awaiting a bond hearing, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Gatlin Hunter Miller, 18, of Andon Lane, Greer; Eric Jordan Wintrago-Diaz, 18, of Fitts Road, Greer; David Caleb Lynn, 17, of Mountain View Road, Taylors; Sephan Douglas Biship, 17, of Milford Road, Greer; and a 16-year-old whom authorities haven’t identified due to his age each face one charge of assault and battery by mob, third degree, with bodily injury, according to warrants.
A coach learned of the incident after he overheard other C-team players discussing it Wednesday, said Susan Clarke, Greenville County School District spokeswoman.
The coach immediately referred the incident to law enforcement and the administration, Burke Royster, superintendent of Greenville County Schools, said in a statement.
The victim’s mother came to Blue Ridge High School on Wednesday and filed a report with the school resource officer, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office.
She told the deputy that one of the subjects pulled his pants down and attempted to sit on the victim’s face, according to the statement.
The victim was able to push the subject away and the subject then sat on the victim’s chest, the statement said.
All five players have been suspended pending a recommendation for expulsion, Royster said.
“We do not tolerate this kind of behavior and we have very stringent consequences in our student behavior code for such incidents which can result in expulsion,” Royster said. “In addition to the student behavior code, we have an athletic code of conduct that holds our student athletes to even higher standards.”