Student-teacher fight at CFHS leads to double arrest

Richard Bellamy (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Richard Bellamy (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Carolina Forest High School student and in-school suspension teacher are facing charges following an altercation at the school on May 11.

According to an incident report, the student was assigned to in-school suspension when he began using "loud and profane language towards the teacher" around lunchtime. The teacher, identified as Richard Bellamy, verbally challenged the student and a fight broke out between the two.

A student alerted the school's assistant principal, who responded to the cafeteria to find the student "out of control and uncooperative" on his cell phone. The student was taken out of the cafeteria and into School Resource Officer Marcus Rhodes' office, where he refused to settle down.

While Rhodes attempted to place the student under arrest, the officer reported he was pushed by the student until he pulled out his Taser. The student then preceded to head-butt a metal storage closet several times in Rhodes' office as he was handcuffed.

The incident report said the student did not complain of any injuries at the time of the incident, but reported he was struck repeatedly in the face by Bellamy. Once his mother arrived, he complained of pain to his face.

Bellamy complained of nose pain where his glasses were knocked off during the fight. He also reported pain to his forehead and right arm.

Following an investigation, the juvenile was charged three days later with simple assault and battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and malicious damage to property.

Bellamy was also arrested on May 14 and charged with simple assault and battery.

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