Posted: 2:40 pm Monday, April 6th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Antwon Chisholm, a highly recruited running back from Glades Central, pulled a knife on a security guard at the Mall at Wellington Green on Thursday, according to a police report. The school is aware of the incident but is staying relatively quiet.
Chisholm, 17, was one of nine people arrested after a brawl in the mall’s food court at around 4:45 p.m. The fight stemmed from an earlier argument at Wellington’s community pool, mall general manager Dorian Bodenave said.
He now faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as charges of marijuana possession and disorderly conduct. If convicted of a felony, a student could be suspended or banned from participating in athletics.
In addition to the standard kicking and punching, the fight included thrown trays and chairs, which endangered other shoppers. When mall security tried to intervene, Chisholm pulled a knife on a guard.
Michael A. Smith, 18, was one of three adults arrested. Smith played defensive line and linebacker for Glades Central last season. At this point, it is unclear whether any other students from Glades Central were involved. Other adults arrested were Jacquetta Shazier and Felicia Myers, both 20-year-olds from Pahokee.
To read the full story from Friday’s newspaper, click here. Note: Chisholm’s name originally was misspelled in the police report.
Glades Central principal Camille Coleman released a statement regarding the situation, but it says very little:
“As a school family, we are deeply saddened when it appears that one of our students (athlete or non-athlete) has come into harm’s way. The district has a felony suspension and expulsion policy that schools may use in instances where students are convicted/charged with crimes.
“District staff and I will consider all information we receive from the proper authorities when making decisions about the status of a student at school and in extracurricular activities.”
Chisholm starred for the football and basketball teams at Glades Central last season and is one of this area’s top football recruits heading into his senior season. Basketball coach Edwin James said he was unaware of the incident when reached by the Post.
Jessie Hester, Chisholm’s football coach, heard about it but declined to say if Chisholm will be punished when the Raiders begin spring practices next month. Hester was surprised by the report and said it sounded uncharacteristic of Chisholm. He planned to speak with Chisholm after school Monday.
Chisholm (5-8, 170) split time with Antonio McCloude last year and is expected to carry the load for Glades Central at running back this fall. He has offers from several schools, including Georgia, West Virginia and Rutgers.
He was the Raiders’ point guard on the basketball court last season and finished second among area big-school players with 8.4 assists per game.
Smith was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. He said Monday that he and a group of friends were eating when another group of teens from the Glades arrived.
Smith said he left as soon as the fight began and that the mall’s security video will vindicate him.
“I was falsely accused of being in the brawl,” he said.