Police: 11 charged in teen brawl orchestrated by parents

by: Andrew Doud Updated:

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - A fight involving teenagers in Rowan County was caught on camera and posted online.

Authorities said it led to the arrests of 11 people accused of taking part it in.

Deputies said the, which occurred According to a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report, the fight happened on July 14 at the 8000 block of Karriker Road, was all set up by parents and their children. Now, a mother accused in planning it is speaking out.

Lisa Sellers, 35, said the fight was over a break-up between her daughter and a boy.  Sellers said she had no part in planning it.

Sellers said her daughter’s ex-boyfriend had been threatening for months that he was going to bring girls over to her house to fight her 15-year-old daughter.

“He said, 'I'm coming cars deep,' and like I said, this has been threats that have been made for months now. I didn't think anything of it. I laughed about it,” said Sellers.

The video posted on YouTube lasted four minutes. In it, Seller’s daughter and another teen can be seen throwing punches at each other and then wrestling on the ground.

Deputies said while that was going on, friends and parents stood by watching and even encouraged the two teens to fight like men.

“My daughter said, ‘I'm going to fight her,’ and I said, ‘If you're going to fight her you better beat her butt,’” said Sellers.
 
According to a Sheriff's Office report, Sellers arranged the fight for her own daughter.

Sellers said that’s not true. She said when the ex-boyfriend got to her home, she tried to kick him and six other people who were with him off of her property.

Seller’s dad also tried to break up the fight, but ended up getting pulled into it. He, too, was later arrested.
 
Authorities said a total of 19 people were at the fight.

The 11 arrested are all out of jail after posting bail. They are expected to face a judge for their charges on Aug. 28.

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The Charges

Sellers was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, misdemeanor child abuse and affray. Sellers was released after posting a $5,000 bail.

Zachary Nichols, 17, was charged with cyber bullying, affray and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Nicholas was released after posting a $2,500 bail.

Randy Lefler, 55, was charged with affray and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released after posting a $1,000 bail.

Jonathan Shumake, 19, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Shumake is being held under a $1,000 bail.

Victoria Salters, 17, was charged with cyber bullying and released after posting a $2,500 bail.

Stacy Burg, 30, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and released after posting a $1,500 bail.

Kristen Harwood, 17, was charged with affray. She was released after posting a $700 bail.

Savannah VanCamp, 18, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was cited and released.

Richard VanCamp III, 42, was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting a $1,000 bail.

A 15-year-old female juvenile was also charged with manufacturing marijuana, affray and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released to her father.

A 15-year-old male juvenile was charged with affray and released to his parents.