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1 injured in registration rush at Greenville school

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Tents are pitched outside A.J. Whittenburg Elementary School in Greenville. (Nov. 27, 2011/FOX Carolina) Tents are pitched outside A.J. Whittenburg Elementary School in Greenville. (Nov. 27, 2011/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One person suffered minor injuries in the rush to be first in line at a Greenville school.

A.J. Whittenburg Elementary School is an engineering magnet school with a curriculum focused on math, science and technology.

Each year, the school has a limited number of openings for new students, so anxious parents camp out before the student assignment change period begins, hoping to sang one of the spots.

The window for enrollment doesn't open until Monday, but parents rushed to be first in line with their tents at 4 p.m. Friday. Officials said that school personnel and law enforcement were at the site and instructed the parents of their expected behavior, but in the scurry to be first, someone was injured.

"While we appreciate the enthusiasm shown for many of our choice programs, we cannot have a process that subjects parents to potential risk of injury," said Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster.

Royster said he has already begun a review of the process and discussed potential changes with parents who were in line. He said the process will be modified in the future.

The enrollment window closes on Jan. 4, and requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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