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Richmond County pupil suspended after hitting classmate with glass bottle

Friday, June 15, 2012 2:42 PM
Last updated 9:34 PM
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A Morgan Road Middle School pupil went into a classroom and repeatedly hit another pupil with a glass bottle May 11, causing the pupil to need seven stitches, according to Richmond County School System tribunal findings recently made public.

The attacker was suspended for the first semester of the 2012-13 school year with the option to attend the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program in lieu of long-term suspension.

The following are findings from tribunals held May 17 and May 24. Students were given the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension unless otherwise noted.

  • Two Morgan Road Middle School pupils engaged in sexual behavior in a teachers’ restroom May 11. They were suspended for the first semester of the 2012-13 year.
  • Two Glenn Hills High School students harassed and attempted to attack a female student as she was walking home May 17. The girl received injuries while trying to get away. Earlier that day, the two students went on and off campus, throwing water balloons into the school. One student, who receives special services, was assigned to the alternative program for 45 days. The second student was suspended for the first and second semesters of the 2012-13 year.
  • A Butler High School student was in possession of a small amount of marijuana May 8. The senior was set to be suspended for the first semester of the 2012-13 school year if he was not eligible for graduation.
  • Two T.W. Josey High School students boarded the school bus under the influence of marijuana May 9. They were suspended for the remainder of the 2011-12 year and for the first semester of 2012-13.
  • Four Cross Creek High School students left school, smoked marijuana and returned to school under the influence May 9. Three of the students eligible for graduation were given time served and allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. The fourth was set to be suspended for the first semester of 2012-13 if he was not eligible for graduation by the start of next school year.
  • A Butler High School student was in possession of a marijuana cigarette and smoked the cigarette when he should have been in class May 11. He was suspended for the first semester of the 2012-13 year.
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TrulyWorried 06/15/12 - 05:11 pm
Some of the next generation's citizens

are going downhill at an alarming speed -

imwatching 06/15/12 - 11:38 pm
Assumption Correct

Dichotomy, to answer your question...the answer is an indefatigable YES. Special services students are given carte blanche when it comes to discipline (45 days suspension, as compared to semester suspensions, as seen above) and this is only what is reported. Remember these students are "special" and are not responsible for their actions, yet their test scores are counted towards the schools pass/fail rates. The RCBOE knows how to fix this problem (actually discipline them), but politically it would be suicide, and god forbid you actual discipline someone when you can put them in timeout and still be their friend...wink wink.

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 06/15/12 - 11:55 pm

Because "there's not much courage in Augusta, GA" in general and in the RCBOE in particular, the RCSS is on a collision course with world-class status, third-world-class status.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

OhWell 06/16/12 - 08:53 am
Hitting someone with a bottle

Hitting someone with a bottle requiring 7 stitches should be a battery case and hadled by law enforcement not the Board of Education.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/16/12 - 09:28 am
To OhWell,

You are absolutely correct, but it will take a parent of the victim to file a complaint with the sheriff's department to make the case happen. You can bet that the school system is not going to contact the sheriff.

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