Fighting injures principal

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A Richmond County principal was sent to the hospital Wednesday after suffering injuries when she tried to break up a fight that led to an early release of school, Superintendent Dana Bedden said.

Cross Creek High School Principal Lynn Warr was "slammed" into a wall and injured her back, knee and arm, Dr. Bedden said. She was treated at the emergency room of Trinity Hospital of Augusta and released.

Two male students were fighting, and one pulled out brass knuckles, Dr. Bedden said. When he did, the other stepped back, accidentally pushing Ms. Warr against the wall.

"The one thing is clear, no one intentionally tried to attack her," the superintendent said after speaking with students and parents.

Ms. Warr and other school personnel were trying to stop the students from fighting, Dr. Bedden said.

The sheriff's office was called, and one student was charged with a felony for bringing a weapon to school. The other was charged with fighting and disrupting school, he said. Both were released to their parents, and both were suspended pending a disciplinary tribunal.

Because students were "riled up" and the "adrenaline," Dr. Bedden decided to let school out early, he said.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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Rupret in the middle east
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Rupret in the middle east 12/20/07 - 12:30 pm
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It is not the school fault,

It is not the school fault, if a kid get hurt on school roperty i am sure the parents will sue the county. The teacher don't have no authority over the kids all they can do is basically make a phone call and then low and behold if the school board do anything wrong they will be hung. So to me the parents should go to the school to check on their kids. I had two kids that went to HHS and i had to go there one time for my daughter and I made it clear i will handle my daughter if she keep me inform. On the other hand if you put you hand on your kids and they go to school and report it to the school, the school will help you get jack up. So what can be done?

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Farful 12/20/07 - 12:31 pm
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why dismiss the school for a

why dismiss the school for a couple of punks fighting

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 12/20/07 - 12:36 pm
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Women can be principals... I

Women can be principals... I betcha if it was yesteryear she probably would have KNOCKED one of them in the head or jacked them up, teachers in my day did. Back then principals, teachers, coaches even the lunch room lady didn't PLAY.

concernednative
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concernednative 12/20/07 - 12:44 pm
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They should be WATERBOARDED

They should be WATERBOARDED

concernednative
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concernednative 12/20/07 - 12:45 pm
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They should be WATERBOARDED

They should be WATERBOARDED

booger
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booger 12/20/07 - 12:51 pm
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The kid with the brass

The kid with the brass knuckles should be charged with assault and be in jail. This is absurd. Why was he released to his parents?

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 12:55 pm
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cparker - the reason you

cparker - the reason you don't hear this kind of stuff about Columbia County Schools is because they do a better job of sweeping it under the rug. For some reason, the AC is always ready to nail Richmond Schools.

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 12:57 pm
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Augusta Mom - the nut doesn't

Augusta Mom - the nut doesn't fall far from the tree. When thugs are released to their parents, it means young thugs are released to old thugs.

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 01:00 pm
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Hey Coastal, women principals

Hey Coastal, women principals in these high schools need male body guards. I wonder where the security guard was when the female principal went to break up the fight. Why didn't she let security handle it????

CKB
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CKB 12/20/07 - 01:19 pm
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Just another time rewards

Just another time rewards (school closing early) are given for totally negative and unacceptable behavior. Do we really expect any different from officials now? This has been going on way too long. Some parents send the thugs to school to get them out of their hair.... In my day, if I found myself in trouble at school, it was nothing compared to the trouble I would be in at home. Why is that not the case now??? Because a lot of parents are afraid of the kids or it is too much trouble to disipline. Very, very sad. I am very disappointed in Dr. Bedded's decision. I THOUGHT he was going to be the answer to many prayers, but apparently I am wrong......

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class1 12/20/07 - 01:30 pm
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You would have a top 100

You would have a top 100 school if you selected only the best. You want to fix test scores in your county, fix the discipline.

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Tall1 12/20/07 - 01:35 pm
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I figured Dr Bedden had no

I figured Dr Bedden had no answers when his first act was to spend $210,000 on a study to get answers for him.

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 02:06 pm
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Yea, and the second act is to

Yea, and the second act is to spend $205K on a data manager computer system that none of the teachers will have time to use with a short fall in the budget of 2.5 million. Then, don't get me started on the Gainesville Model. The only model that's going to work is get the miscreant thugs out of school that destroy the education enviornment for the good kids who want to learn. You are 100% right, class1, fix the discipline and you fix the schools.

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Georgiais1 12/20/07 - 02:17 pm
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"Accidently pushed her

"Accidently pushed her against the wall". Then they have to send her to the hospital. Then they close the school down. Yea right. Thugs. Need their [filtered word]es kicked. I bet they had baggy dwawers too.

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JESUSISCOMINRUREADY 12/20/07 - 02:27 pm
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I believe Coastal has a very

I believe Coastal has a very valid point. I have been a single mom from the time my son was born and feel very strongly that men (not males) hold a place of authority that kids need. In the places in which they are absent it very much shows. I feel as parents we must get our kids plugged into solid places that hold strict guidelines where kids can thrive in a healthy environment where they can realize they are worth something and they do not have to prove it by fighting or...whatever. Kids need to know their are boundries, discipline, structure and all that goes with that... and to know that someone loves & believes in them as well.

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 02:29 pm
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Does everyone realize Bedden

Does everyone realize Bedden has spent almost a half million in his first few weeks of office? And they have a 2.5 million dollar shortfall. He would make a good Congressman adding to the national debt. Of course, the government just prints more money while the school board raises taxes. How much more is he going to spend in the next few weeks. Someone out there save us!

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 02:32 pm
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Hey JesusIsComing - it's not

Hey JesusIsComing - it's not only about the violent hallways in our schools between kids, but it's kids beating up on teachers and principals. There are no boundaries or respect for authority by these thugs. Believe me, most teachers believe in the kids and will go the second mile to help them. But even that doesn't help the thugs. They are incorrigible and beyond help. You can't save them all.

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Dan White 12/20/07 - 02:38 pm
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And by the way - look at the

And by the way - look at the example for kids that Columbia County has given by allowing the cheating coach, Coach Grooms, to keep his job as coach. No wonder the kids don't have any respect for adults. And don't think that the Richmond kids don't know about this too. Superintendents must get tough with bad, cheating coaches and teachers as well as the kids if they are going to reign in the terror in the hall ways.

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marien 12/20/07 - 02:50 pm
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Truthbknown you are right a

Truthbknown you are right a lot of good kids come out of Cross Creek I have two of them one of whom just graduated this past Saturday from Savannah State University with a great job with the city of Savannah in Enviormental Science. The other one will graduate soon from Augusta Tech. A few bad apples are every where. I tell young people all the time school is what you make it, so make it your best.

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girlygirl 12/20/07 - 02:57 pm
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Ways to fix this issue: 1.

Ways to fix this issue:
1. All thugs, criminals, and the badly behaved out of the schools. I've seen first-hand how one bad apple can spoil the bunch. My school has a PAROLE OFFICER who visits regularly to meet up with students who've had numerous run-ins with the law. These kids are higly disruptive in class and prevent interested students from learning.
2. Over 19? Go to alternative school! We've got male students (and they are always males) at my school who are 20, 21 years old, still trying to pass 10th grade lit and citizenship and their graduation tests. They are in class with your 14-year-old daughter. Which leads me to...
3. Shoot them all in the [filtered word] with depo-provera (birth control). I'm not from here, but I've lived in several different places. I've never seen so many children having babies. And it's socially accepted, if not tacitly encouraged!! Then grandma is raising them all (generally all involved males have jumped ship years ago) and since she did clearly such a great job with her litter, we're letting her have another chance.

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dizzyjo 12/20/07 - 03:01 pm
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Spare the rod, spoil the

Spare the rod, spoil the child. The parents of today are not held accountable for the behavior of their offspring. I was reared in an era when corporal punishment was the norm. Children as a rule were well behaved then because they knew the consequences for misbehavior would be swift and severe. That part of history needs to be repeated!

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girlygirl 12/20/07 - 03:02 pm
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oh and 4. Stop idolizing both

oh and 4. Stop idolizing both the gangsta/ rapper and ignorant redneck stereotypes. Nobody gets rich acting that way except Ludacris and Jeff Foxworthy, who are both in reality very savvy businessmen, if nothing else. Stop letting your kid sag his pants, stop letting him his wear hunting gear to school, stop talking about how cool guns are (that goes for everyone). Ah, if Erskine Caldwell were alive today, he'd probably not be the least surprised about what's going on in the Tobacco Road area.

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DeborahElliott2 12/20/07 - 03:38 pm
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They got Suspended?? What

They got Suspended?? What kind of IDIOT just handed them a suspension. In Detroit, anyone who brought a weapon to school was charged with such and EXPELLED! That is all they got was a suspension????

godogs
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godogs 12/20/07 - 04:44 pm
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Sounds like these parents

Sounds like these parents need to get these kids in church and teach them some respect while at it. Maybe we should have the sherrif's department become in charge of the school discipline. Pay them out of the school taxes and let the education part go back to the schools. When the kids act out have the administrator call the cops and allow them to do the discipline part. The school administration has failed miserably for many years in this area.

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Not a slave to poverty 12/20/07 - 04:51 pm
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It's not just Cross Creek or

It's not just Cross Creek or South Augusta, be real! All schools, all counties have they're own set of problems.

Our kids have alot of infuences. Peers, TV, Music, lack of discipline, , lack of role models, etc, etc.

We live in a fallen world which is only getting worse. Alot of people need to be held accountable but that has to start at home.

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3572 12/20/07 - 05:40 pm
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You need to talk abour all

You need to talk abour all the stuff that happen in columbia county from the teachers and the students

GAYLE
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GAYLE 12/20/07 - 05:56 pm
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Everybody keeps talking about

Everybody keeps talking about the way it was "back in the day" - Times have changed and new measures are necessary to deal with all the attitudes we have from students - and from their parents who are either too young... or too lazy to take responsibility for their children's actions... It's a nightmare - and it's time we ALL wake up from it and let these kids know what their boundaries are... and make them answer for their actions. The problems are deep and there is no one answer to them all - we as a community need to come together - and quick!

pablanco
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pablanco 12/20/07 - 07:14 pm
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all you "back in the day"

all you "back in the day" parents are where the problem started. These are your kids, after all.

ConsiderThis
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ConsiderThis 12/20/07 - 07:23 pm
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Why is it that we look for

Why is it that we look for the negative when we are not present for the truth. Could it be that the school system wanted to make sure people were aware that the principal was not directly attacked. Also, why is there a cover-up, the principal was never struck by any brass knuckles, just people making the story more juicy. Also, from people at the school, I was informed that another altercation broke out and that is why they started an early dismissal at about 1:30 or 2 p.m. For the person who does not read the Board info, Dr. Bedden has not spent $500K, the SPLOST committee voted to use the funds to address technology issues and the $210K was a limit of what could be spent on the audit which may be money well spent in the end. How is it that everyone wants to be a arm chair quarterback without all the information. Go visit the school without being judgemental first. As for the release situation, the school district does not determine if a student can be released for a felony, the juvenile system does.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 12/20/07 - 08:12 pm
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Pablanco, I was not referring

Pablanco, I was not referring to "back in the day" cause in Detroit, the policy is still in effect. Those who bring weapons are charged and EXPELLED! Not Suspended!

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