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Hephzibah High student punches teacher in face at powder puff football game

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A Hephzibah High School student punched a teacher in the face at a powder puff football game Oct. 26 after the teacher tried to break up a fight between the girl and another student, according to Richmond County School System tribunal findings recently made public.

The girl was assigned to the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program until she graduates. The panel showed leniency because the student is a senior on track to graduate and has not had disciplinary issues.

The following are findings from tribunals held Nov. 5, 8, 13 and 16. The students were given the option to attend the alternative program in lieu of long-term suspension.

• Two Hephzibah High School students threw rocks and dropped a cement block on a vehicle on campus Oct. 26, causing $2,800 in damage. One student was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the first semester of this year while the other was assigned there for the rest of the year. The tribunal panel also determined restitution should be made as allowed by law.

• A Hephzibah High School student cut class, went to the lunchroom and attacked a student Oct. 26. The student was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

• A Cross Creek High School student got into an altercation with another student in a classroom Oct. 25, used vulgar words and threatened to hit the student. The next day the boy hit the other student in the face and had to be removed from class. While being escorted to the office by a teacher, the student “kicked his feet and kicked another teacher, causing her to fall to the floor.” The teacher who fell suffered injuries. The student was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the year.

• A Glenn Hills High School student entered a classroom where he was not assigned and refused to leave Oct. 29. He began fighting with a second student, and a teacher was hit during the altercation. The two students were assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

• A Sego Middle School pupil was called to the office Oct. 25 but instead of reporting to the office, he went to the cafeteria where he hit another pupil in the side of the head. While in the hallway, the pupil elbowed a teacher in the side, used profanity and kept trying to get back to the pupil he had hit. The pupil was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

• A Langford Middle School pupil took a female pupil’s candy on the school bus, hit a pupil who took the candy back and hit another pupil who tried to address the incident Nov. 2. The pupil was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

• Four Glenn Hills High School students engaged in sexual conduct Oct. 30. They were assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year and for the first semester for the 2013-14 year.

• A Glenn Hills High School student was in possession of a knife Oct. 30. The student was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year.

• During an altercation, a Hephzibah Middle School pupil, who had a box cutter in his possession, threatened to stab another pupil on the bus Nov. 1 with a compass. He was assigned to the alternative program for the rest of the school year while the second pupil in the verbal and physical altercation was assigned 10 days of in-school suspension.

• A Sego Middle School pupil was in possession of two knives Oct. 31. The student was assigned to the alterative program for the rest of the year.

• A Murphey Middle School pupil hit a female pupil and threatened to shoot her Oct. 24. The pupil was assigned to the alterative program for the rest of the first semester of this school year and placed on strict probation for the remainder of the year.

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saltine
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saltine 12/17/12 - 07:53 pm
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RC School system

Why and HOW do these children have a tribunal and a first grader at Blythe can do everything mentioned above(except bring a weapon...
not yet) and we are told it can't be discussed??this child has repeatedly been put off the bus,destroyed his class room,torn down hall paintings ,disturbed the whole school,for Sherrill Jones to tell the concerned parents,she can'tdiscuss him, and he's still allowed to attend this school ,same room, and same bus.His routine since October has been i-day attend,then out 3.Another Conn. school in the making!!!!This child has mental issues,everyone passes the buck to the next one in line.Who is after Sherrill Jones?????

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/17/12 - 09:49 pm
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What is missng here

is the arrests that should be made to teach these punks there is responsibility for ones stupidity and actions.

These continuous in house TAP on the wrists are not suitable punishment for $2800 damage, assult and drugs

Pops
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Pops 12/17/12 - 10:19 pm
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I really feel sorry

for the teachers at these alternative schools. Can you imagine dealing with these feral creatures all day.

Bruno
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Bruno 12/17/12 - 11:27 pm
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I agree with OpenCurtain.

I agree with OpenCurtain. Every one of these students should be facing criminal charges.

RoadKing
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RoadKing 12/17/12 - 11:54 pm
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Just another day ...

Don't ya just love it when the patients run the asylum ....??

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/18/12 - 12:27 am
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As long as our school system,

As long as our school system, administrators, superintendents, and teachers let the criminals, punks, thugs, and mentally ill run the school system, I do not want to hear anyone complain when bad things happen.

You see the "pre-actions" and you do NOTHING about it. So don't be so surprised when they kill somebody. MOST of the lovely children addressed in this article should be locked up in YDC for a year or so. Off of the streets. Their lovely little play partners who are still in school should see them DISAPPEAR from life as they know it. You people don't have the guts to do what needs to be done, so don't let me see you crying on the TV when THEY do what they are destined to do because nobody disiplined them when there was a chance to change them.

4 teachers assaulted and NOTHING. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? NOTHING!!!

Discipline SHOULD start at home. If it doesn't, it MUST start the first year of school. Discipline should be SWIFT, HARSH, and CONSISTENT. Mainstreaming of trouble makers, mentally challenged, sociopaths, and anyone else who disrupts the class and brings progress to a crawl SHOULD BE STOPPED. Keep all of the nuts and fruitcakes separated from the meat and potatoes business of educating NORMAL children.

WE TRIED IT YOUR WAY AND YOUR HAVE FAILED MISERABLY. Start disciplining these students. Expel the ones that won't conform and JAIL the ones who assault people or commit any criminal offense. DO AWAY WITH TRIBUNALS. Tribunals have always been a JOKE. Tribunals were started by a bunch of touchy feely circa 60's and 70's hippies who happen to become teachers. They did not have any discipline and they have NO IDEA how to discipline students. Now they cannot handle the system THEY created.

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 12/18/12 - 02:43 am
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...

Interesting. But it is hard to believe that schools with large student populations such as Richmond, Josey, Westside, Laney, etc didn't have any student violations?

countyman
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countyman 12/18/12 - 03:35 am
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It's hard to believe neither

It's hard to believe neither Aiken County or Columbia County didn't have one single tribunal all year long. I guess students winning awards at certain schools, or some other positive information is the only news. Then again the Chronicle decided to create the crime map for Richmond County, but not the surrounding counties. This paper loves to print articles on new businesses, etc for the surrounding areas. When it comes to crime, tribunals, etc the paper quickly turns from metro Augusta to Augusta/Richmond County.

Laney, Josey, and Westside are some of the smallest schools in the entire county. Richmond and Cross Creek are two of the largest.

avidreader
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avidreader 12/18/12 - 06:46 am
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To pops:

Yes, many of our students in RC are "feral creatures". They are being raised (I use the term loosely) by elders with no sense of propriety. And yes, many of the many are prosecuted in the criminal courts. Seventeen is the magic number for adult court. The juvies are scheduled for court appearances also, but when the teacher (or other witnesses) shows up, a lawyer problem mysteriously arises, and the court date is re-scheduled. It's a game these fools play, hoping the witnesses will give up and simply go away.

Note, my comments are based on my personal experiences in the past.

junkyardpig
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junkyardpig 12/18/12 - 07:39 am
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these bullies are operating

these bullies are operating identical to the kids romping around in ydc. they are all bullies who with their efforts prepare their victims for a future of distruction. alot of these kids shooting up schools were more than likely bullied by young trash like those mentioned above. alot of the kids put into the ydc system are in their for less violent issues than whats going on in the school systems.

grovetownman
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grovetownman 12/18/12 - 08:01 am
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The county will not kick them

Unpublished

The county will not kick them out of school because then they lose federal money per kid. It all boils down to $$. As for Columbia and Aiken counties not having tribunals, they just keep their laundry out of the public's eye. You would be appalled at the drug problems at some of the "grass is greener on the other side" high schools in Columbia county.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:33 am
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Dump the school system

We will need to start fresh ... start over...get it out of gov hands...it is not working & getting worse every year....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/18/12 - 08:35 am
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DeKalb county will be next in line

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed the DeKalb County School District on probation — a move that could lead to ouster of the school board.

SACS, which said it could eventually strip DeKalb County School District of its accreditation, made the move following a lengthy investigation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Among SACS' key findings:
•Money that was not accounted for or missing
•Board nepotism and intervention on which schools athletes attended
•Failure to fulfill its fiduciary responsibility to DeKalb County taxpayers by keeping tabs on the district's money

Some students don't have textbooks and most aren't using the Internet or have computers, the AJC reported. That's in spite of the fact that the district — which includes McNair High and Meadowview Elementary schools in Gresham Park — collects nearly $1 billion a year from DeKalb taxpayers.

School board Chairman Eugene P. Walker told the newspaper that while he takes the SACS action seriously, he doesn't fear that Gov. Nathan Deal will remove the board, which the state now has the authority to do.

Remember Clayton county...weeel hello...here we go again...

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/12 - 08:42 am
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And

They are all future voters. The Dims are right. The Republican Party is dying out.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/18/12 - 08:58 am
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Glenn Hills

October 26 must have been a banner day at Hephzibah High. That powder puff football game got them all riled up. At Hephzibah High, pushing, shoving, and fisticuffs are the norm. But over at Glenn Hills High, sexual activity on campus (and on the school bus) has a long and storied tradition, going back decades.

rebellious
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rebellious 12/18/12 - 09:50 am
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Dichotomy

There are those in education who say their hands are tied in dealing with the problem students. I say Poppycock! A tough, zero tolerance on fighting and drugs should be adopted. Strong administration is needed to dole out strict, consistent, and effective discipline. At HHS, discipline is handled in a willy-nilly fashion and lacks the diligent pursuit for consistency.Time for new leadership in Hephzibah!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/18/12 - 09:54 am
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@grovetownman

Do you find equivalence with possessing weed vs assault?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/18/12 - 10:09 am
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One Thing Is Being Missed

in these commits....What about the children that are there trying to learn, don't you think that the actions of these so called "Feral Creatures" are effecting their ability to do so.

I have a Grand Girl going to a private school. A note from a teacher saying she talked without permission is considered a high violation level of school policy.

I wounder how a government control public school would survive with private school rules? Just Thank the Liberal mindset for the quality education that your children are receiving.

Beachgal
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Beachgal 12/18/12 - 11:50 am
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Two things

1 - Educators aren't allowed to discipline or attempt to hold a student accountable for his/her actions because parents will be in the office "lawyering up" if anyone attempts it.

2 - I will quote my dear friend on this one. We don't have a student/gun/violence problem. We have a parenting problem. Behavior, examples, and discipline start at home.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/18/12 - 12:38 pm
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Hi Beachy!!

And we have a parenting problem (I agree) because??

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MarinerMan 12/18/12 - 02:00 pm
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@Countyman

Unpublished

One thing I do notice each day is the docket of people arrested in Columbia County. Wonder why there is not one for Augusta-Richmond County? No, Columbia County has tribunals. We have an alternative school, too. And they are getting ready to move to a new location, once Evans Elementary gets completed.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 12/18/12 - 02:19 pm
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@GrovetownMan

Unpublished

Sorry, but you're wrong. The "No Child Left Behind" law and previous laws, state that an "education" must be provided to all persons, under the age of twenty-one. This applies to all children -- those that want to be there, and want to excel, and those that have no business being there. It has nothing to really do with money, it is the law that we have to live with. It is time to make parents -- sperm depositors and sperm receptacles responsible for their "fruit". There is no respect for authority much anymore, and you can thank the "entitlement generation" for that. It is time to go back to coaches with paddles drilled with holes -- cuts down on wind resistance. Every one of the four who assaulted someone, ought to be sent to Boot Camp, not alternative school.

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 12/18/12 - 04:11 pm
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Not going to give away my age or anything like that......

Unpublished

but geez louis, I can remember my principle in high school getting punched in the face so hard she had a black eye for 2 weeks. She deserved it. Just sayin'. Numerous teachers getting blooded up from breaking up fights etc etc. Teachers getting cursed out and told what to sit on. Not that it was a dialy thing, but throughout high school these things were seen to happen. Not from a small town. None of it ever made news. So Media plays a large part of it all. I dont fully believe these are new issues, but I do believe the issues need better solutions. We had a zero tolerance policy and it worked......the same student was never able to punch the same teacher in the same school because.....the student(s) were expelled. Zero tolerance.

allhans
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allhans 12/18/12 - 05:17 pm
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I'm with Cobalt George. If

I'm with Cobalt George. If private schools can follow the rules, then there is no excuse for the bad behavior in public schools.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/18/12 - 05:30 pm
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" it is the law that we have

" it is the law that we have to live with."

Their ain't any law that says we could not take a couple of the animal trainers down at Tubman and open up an RC school annex in YDC. School them during the day and lock them down from dusk 'til dawn.

royee101
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royee101 12/18/12 - 06:32 pm
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Private School

This is why I work as much overtime as I can so I can pay for my kids to go to a private school.

KSL
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KSL 12/18/12 - 08:02 pm
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There was zero tolerance of

There was zero tolerance of bad behaviour when I was in school. And zero tolerance at home.

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