17 students charged in rumble

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A fight based on a girl getting chalk on her clothes sent 11 Josey High School students to jail Wednesday and resulted in one receiving a gash to the head.

Six juveniles involved in the fight also were charged with disorderly conduct and later released to their parents.

The fight between rival groups began in a hallway during a class change about 9:30 a.m. and was brought under control before 10 a.m., with a swarm of Board of Education officers and an ambulance responding.

Eleven students age 17 or older were charged with disorderly conduct, said school spokesman Louis Svehla. Officials said other charges are pending an investigation.

The six juveniles and those arrested now face a tribunal. The injured student was punched in the face and was treated at the school.

Josey Principal Ronald Wiggins said the fight involved an incident from the previous day, outside the school, in which someone put chalk on a female student's clothes.

He said the fight shouldn't cast a bad light on Josey, adding that discipline cases have dropped dramatically. In December, he said, the school received a commendation from the Georgia Department of Education for keeping such cases down in the past year and a half.

"Incidents such as this, while not truly indicative of the quality of our students and staff, persist and spring from community-related events," Dr. Wiggins said. "... this is an isolated incident."

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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Southern_Patriot
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Southern_Patriot 01/07/10 - 05:49 am
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parasites

parasites

HowieBoutneaux
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HowieBoutneaux 01/07/10 - 05:54 am
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Call it what it is. One gang

Call it what it is. One gang "tagged" another gang's "woman". If they had given clothing descriptions, we could have figured out who was who in the melee.

cleanup
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cleanup 01/07/10 - 06:53 am
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Wrong, Wiggins. This is

Wrong, Wiggins. This is quite indicative of the "quality" of your students, or lack thereof. Not all of them, probably just 95%.

oh bull
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oh bull 01/07/10 - 07:56 am
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put a fence around the place

put a fence around the place and place armed guards around it ..they need to get used to prison life

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 01/07/10 - 08:03 am
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I agree.. and it is the

I agree.. and it is the quality of the students that Richmond County has... These are the students that we are going to be supporting financially until the day we die.. they are such a waste of human beings...

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djssstover 01/07/10 - 08:41 am
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I cannot believe the poor

I cannot believe the poor taste in comments! To call anyone "a waste of human beings" is horrible in itself, but to lump all these students together, not just this school but all of Richmond County students and say this about them is terrible! And to just say they all need to "get used to prison life" is just as bad! I know many people who live in Richmond County, go to school in Richmond County who are terrific people and excellent students. It shocks me that people are still so biased and judgmental based on where someone lives, color of skin, and economic situation. All life is so precious, and these students need to be told they are worthy, and important. This situation reminds me of a movie trailer I saw yesterday, coming out in a few weeks, called "To Save a Life". Check it out...it may change your life!

HowieBoutneaux
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HowieBoutneaux 01/07/10 - 08:48 am
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We read "The Jail Report" and

We read "The Jail Report" and look at the smiling faces and bio's in there. I feel bad for the ones trying to succeed in that culture. They must face lots of ridicule from the "bad apples".

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PoliticallNcorrect 01/07/10 - 08:55 am
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The first offense of violence

The first offense of violence or uncivilized behavior the student should be sent to a alternative school for one quarter. This way they will be in school with the worst of the worst. Either they get message or not, on where one end's up for bad social skill's. Since the age for felony offender's has steadily climbed in recent year's the school board need's to jump on this kind of behavior or live with the consequence's of what it does to all the good student's who give it their all, so they may have a good education & a bright future ahead. The offender's must be separated from those student's who desire the world and all it has to offer.

LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/07/10 - 09:13 am
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Josey is and has been known

Josey is and has been known for fights.....however in the past few years before I left Augusta, Glenn Hills and Butler started getting bad...kids will be kids regardless. Though it's sad to see things like this happen. There are three projects that surround and I'm not saying everyone that lives in that area but sometimes kids mimic what they see by their up bringing and surroundings. So, maybe these girls grew up seeing the same tempers/attitudes at home....everything starts at HOME...........

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wheeza 01/07/10 - 09:35 am
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Amazing Wiggins! When you

Amazing Wiggins! When you were at Sego you had the same response about situations going on at the Middle school. I have never been impressed with your job ethics. Of course behavior issues DO start at home but you never want to look at the big picture which is you constantly making excuses. YOU really should calll Mr. Moore at Crosscreek and get some advice on how to be a visible Principle.....maybe this would help.

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deekster 01/07/10 - 09:44 am
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Josey is noted for it ability

Josey is noted for it ability to attract "non students" to it's hallways. It is a "hangout". It has been from the beginning. A friends daughter was punched in the face by "non student" adult male roaming the halls in the 70's.

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Ladysb 01/07/10 - 09:53 am
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Every child deserve a quality

Every child deserve a quality education. To the indidvidual who made the comment about "Waste human being" you needs to evaluate yourself. God would not have created something so beautiful if he thought it was a waste of his time. The media seems to broadcast everything that goes on in the intercity schools. There are just as many fights in the surrounding school and district as it is at Josey. Those fights are not broadcast on the news. If someone sneezes hard at Josey it would be broadcast on the news. If you want the same results as far as in education that make it even all across the board. In other words make the playground field even so that all can get a quality education. All students deserve a education they are young adults who are trying to find their way in this basis society. They are not criminal. They can do without the gate and the prison guard just give them quality. You might want to put the gate and guard at your child school if you wish too but Thomas Walter Josey can do without them.

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Ladysb 01/07/10 - 10:02 am
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Every child deserve a quality

Every child deserve a quality education. To the indidvidual who made the comment about "Waste human being" you needs to evaluate yourself. God would not have created something so beautiful if he thought it was a waste of his time. The media seems to broadcast everything that goes on in the intercity schools. There are just as many fights in the surrounding school and district as it is at Josey. Those fights are not broadcast on the news. If someone sneezes hard at Josey it would be broadcast on the news. If you want the same results as far as in education than lets make it even all across the board. In other words make the playground field even so that all can get a quality education. All students deserve a education they are young adults who are trying to find their way in this basis society. They are not criminal. They can do without the gate and the prison guard just give them quality. You might want to put the gate and guard at your child school if you wish too but Thomas Walter Josey can do without them.

LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/07/10 - 10:07 am
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I just proofed what I

I just proofed what I wrote...excuse me, I meant there are three projects that surround Josey and I am not saying everyone that live there are bad. There are a lot of families that want better and strive to get out of the situation they are in but it is wrong to talk and treat the kids/school as if they are animals because they aren't. Ladysb is right, the BOE needs to provide a good education across the board for all schools and if some have students that are lacking in a certain area, get those students some extra help and use different tactics to catch their attention in learning. As I stated earlier everything starts at home but at the same time teachers are suppose to care for and be there for the children, even if things maybe hard at home and their parents aren't there for them. Work together to help the children accomplish their goals and BREAK THE GENERATIONAL CURSE!

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Holdem 01/07/10 - 10:39 am
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I've got property for sale in

I've got property for sale in Columbia County and the price goes up every time these stories come out...............

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butler123 01/07/10 - 10:42 am
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Wow you would think this was

Wow you would think this was an inner-city school, like in New York. Disgusting.

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waugusta92 01/07/10 - 10:42 am
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wow, a school fight that got

wow, a school fight that got bigger because everyone has to have everyone else's "back". hahaha it doesn't take much for you old folks to get your panties in a jam. my brother attends Westside High and they had an incident similar to this last year. didn't see it in the news. who cares? misbehavior among 17 students is not enough to make me think the entire student body needs to be "fenced in". but i know most of you were also educated here in GA so weird stuff like math, proportion, and things like that go way over your head :-) have a nice, barely educated day.

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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 10:53 am
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Howie stop stereotyping

Howie stop stereotyping people. Just because it was several students in a inner city school. It doesn't mean its gang related.
I still trying to figure out what's the big deal. Fights at school are common across the country. While 17 students is excessive its not unheard of. Columbia county schools have had many fights at Grovetown, Harlem, Greenbrier, or Evans has this school year. Evans had a incident about a month ago. Where several students were fighting and one had a knife.

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wheeza 01/07/10 - 10:55 am
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waugusta92 ----what a nice

waugusta92 ----what a nice jab at people you dont personally know.

cparker
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cparker 01/07/10 - 11:00 am
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Race matters more than we are

Race matters more than we are willing to admit!! To use a public forum to call black children parasites? This is why I read the paper less and less. The racist comments directed at blacks in Augusta have become the norm, while white folks get offended when they are called out. What a shame!!

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disssman 01/07/10 - 11:02 am
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ladysb if they are acting

ladysb if they are acting like wild animals what do you expect people to do just overlook the facts? As far a a quality of education, I haven't noticed any meetings of the BOE where any school was treated any different than the others. Are you saying the teachers at Josey are unqualified and below the standard of all other schools? I will say that all students at Josey don't need to be lumped in with these "wild animals" just because they attend the same school. In fact I would venture that many are intelligent polite young men and women. What is wrong, is people like you that want to turn a blind eye to reality, until one of these punks breaks in your door or steals your car, then you want halp.

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butler123 01/07/10 - 11:08 am
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If this kind of thing isn't a

If this kind of thing isn't a big deal or that unusual then that is really a shame. If this is considered not to be a big deal then I will recommend that my grandchildren be home schooled, and I have never approved of home schooling.

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Notreally 01/07/10 - 11:12 am
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cparker as you should very

cparker as you should very well know, they spew that only ONLINE, Not ONE would go over to Josey and scream that out live and in person.

LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/07/10 - 11:20 am
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waugusta92, not everyone on

waugusta92, not everyone on here went to school in GA. It's about education and the quality of education. @ disssman, Why do you think they changed the rezoning districts and parents were able to have a choice in which school to send their children? (besides overcrowding) If the teachers weren't qualified then they wouldn't be teaching..Duh. For the record, I attended a DoD school my entire life. When I lived in Augusta, my children went to Sue Reynolds, we moved to ATL (North Fulton cty) a little over a year ago because the school district is academically better, Gwinett cty actually have the best school district besides magnet schools. Look at Davidson, they ranked in the top 10 out the nation. Not all schools have the same quality of education nor do they go by the exact curriculam (like they are suppose to).

LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/07/10 - 11:24 am
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Excuse me, has the best

Excuse me, has the best school district.

Ladysb
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Ladysb 01/07/10 - 11:25 am
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disssman, No I am saying that

disssman, No I am saying that any school is beening treated different from the other. I said the Quality of education is not fair at all school and YES I know that for a fact. My child attents Westside Hight School and it is much different at that school than Josey. I actually watch the students been check by metal detector at Josey and NO I do not think that the teachers are unqualified. I know that they do not receive what the other schools receive as funds and books.

Ladysb
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Ladysb 01/07/10 - 11:27 am
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correction attends

correction attends

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js_ee 01/07/10 - 12:38 pm
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It is truly amazing how many

It is truly amazing how many degrading comments have been posted to this story for the second day, yet there are just a few simple comments on the Greenbriar student who tried to run over a teacher in the school parking lot...just saying.

cparker
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cparker 01/07/10 - 12:55 pm
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It is interesting that there

It is interesting that there are no comments about the misbehavior of the Columbia county student. It really doesn't matter because whites in Augusta clearly live by a double standard. Minorities would be crazy to believe if they didn't advocate Affirmative Action they would be treated fairly. White folks do not have the ability to look beyond race without laws that will force them to conform outside their comfort zone. Blacks would have to be insane to trust any group of people that would go into a public forum and call them and their children parasites!! What a shame!!

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baronvonreich 01/07/10 - 12:57 pm
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Sometimes the truth is

Sometimes the truth is degrading. Deal with it. Keep score.

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