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Polk County teen charged with assault after incident at Landrum basketball game

FILE - A Polk County teen has been charged after authorities say he hit an SRO at a basketball game between Polk High and Landrum High schools. (Photo credit: MGN)

A Polk County teen has been charged after authorities say he hit an SRO at a basketball game between Polk County and Landrum high schools.

SRO James Shehan said in an incident report that an argument erupted in the stands as the Dec. 15 basketball game ended and the players were shaking hands.

Shehan said he separated the two teams and ordered them go to their locker rooms. That's when, according to Shehan, a 17-year-old game attendee started to walk quickly toward the Landrum bench.

According to the incident report, when Shehan tried to stop him, the teen hit the officer in the face.

The teen was arrested and charged with simple assault.

Polk County Superintendent Aaron Greene said on Monday that the men's varsity basketball games would be postponed this week after the incident in Landrum and a separate incident at the North Buncombe game on Dec. 13.

Polk County High basketball coach Antoni Staley wrote on his Facebook page that his players experienced racism at the North Buncombe game. But Staley removed the post from Facebook on Monday, and would not comment further to News 13.

In a joint statement between Buncombe and Polk County Schools, officials said three North Buncombe students were disciplined for "inappropriate conduct during the varsity basketball game in the gym and in the concession area."


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