Town Leaders Ask Community to Be Patient During Investigation of High School Incident

— January 2017

Town of RolesvilleAn incident between two female students at Rolesville High School occurred on January 3. At the regularly-scheduled Mayor’s and Town Commissioners’ meeting on January 3, the incident was addressed.

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles asked Rolesville Police Chief Bobby Langston to make a statement to the public early in the meeting, and Chief Langston read a press release as follows:

“A fight occurred today at the Rolesville High School (1099 East Young Street) at approximately 7:10 a.m. in the cafeteria area. It was between two female students.

“The Town of Rolesville School Resource Officer, Ruben De Los Santos, responded to this incident. Officer De Los Santos has subsequently been placed on paid administrative leave, per Town of Rolesville Personnel Policy, pending the outcome of the investigation of this incident.

“The Rolesville Police Department has officially requested that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conduct a third party review of the incident. We will work diligently to review any and all pertinent information so that we can provide an accurate account of the events.

“No further information will be released until the investigation is complete. We ask the community and all members involved to be patient while we investigate this matter.”

Following his reading of the press release, Langston restated, “I have requested for the SBI to come in to give a third-party review. That’s all I have at this time.”

Three days later, on January 6, a follow-up press release was made available, announcing a second investigation into the incident. This release begins:

“The North Carolina SBI continues with their investigation of Tuesday’s incident at Rolesville High School. To continue an effort to reach the highest levels of transparency and accountability, the Chief of Police has officially requested from Sheriff Donnie Harrison that the Wake County Sheriff’s Department take the lead role in conducting the Town of Rolesville’s internal investigation into this incident.”

The press release reiterates that School Resource Officer Ruben De Los Santos remains on paid administrative leave and that the Town of Rolesville cannot release further information due to the ongoing investigations.

“We continue to ask everyone in the community, and all members involved, to be patient while this process continues,” the release ends.