11 in custody after officers respond to fight at Josey High

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 11:29 AM
Last updated 4:34 PM
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Richmond County Board of Education officers responded this morning to a fight between 17 students at Josey High School that resulted in one student receiving minor injuries.

The fight began at about 9:30 a.m. and was brought under control before 10 a.m. Eleven students age 17 or older were arrested and will be charged with disorderly conduct, said school spokesman Louis Svehla. Officials have said other charges are pending an investigation.

Six juveniles also were charged in the fight and released to their parents. They'll later face a tribunal as will the older students arrested.

Josey Principal Ronald Wiggins said another five to six students who were watching the fight and helping escalate matters will be suspended and possibly face a tribunal. The one student injured was punched in the face and was treated at the school.

Dr. Wiggins said the fight occurred based on an argument among two groups of students over a previous incident in which someone put chalk on a female student's clothes. He said it stemmed from outside the school setting, noting that overall for the school year today's incident was the only fight involving several students.

He said the fight shouldn't cast a bad light on Josey, adding that in the past two years discipline cases there 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, adding "...this is an isolated incident."

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LivinATL
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LivinATL 01/06/10 - 12:53 pm
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So they say.........

So they say.........

dani
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dani 01/06/10 - 12:59 pm
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"Shouldn't cast a bad

"Shouldn't cast a bad light..." Uh-huh

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/06/10 - 01:00 pm
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I'm shocked again!

I'm shocked again!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 01:28 pm
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i bet they won't be expelled,

i bet they won't be expelled, gthey will be sent to the "knuclehead"...ooops i mean the alternative school for a set period of time this way they will continue to be considered "attending school", with continued decrease in enrollment levels richmond cnty boe needs all the butts in the seats that they can get in order to continue to receive state/federal education funding...a better solution would be to expell about 50%, close josey, laney impliment thre learning model used at davidson/johnson and walker. and you will see a dramatic increase in academic performance

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Riverman1 01/06/10 - 01:30 pm
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"Incidents such as this,

"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, adding "...this is an isolated incident.".....I like his optimistic attitude. You can't give up.

fish2
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fish2 01/06/10 - 01:31 pm
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17 or older? They sure do

17 or older? They sure do stay in school longer these days!

ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/06/10 - 01:34 pm
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Why not close Richmond and

Why not close Richmond and West Side? They had just as many incidents.

RAWR
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RAWR 01/06/10 - 01:35 pm
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Over chalk? Pepople fight

Over chalk? Pepople fight over the dumbest things.

Farfromhome
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Farfromhome 01/06/10 - 01:52 pm
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Close schools? Suspend 50% of

Close schools? Suspend 50% of them? Are you serious or just delusional? The real solution is to put programming in place in the schools that are specifically focused on reducing school violence. They exist and are successful. Let's say that 50% of the students were kicked out of school, then what? We would have more undereducated and unskilled individuals, there are only so many fast food places for them to work. For the ones that are engaging in violent behavior I'm assuming you would suggest the criminal justice system "take care" of the problem? Jail doesn't equal a reduced occurrence of committing crime and it doesn't serve as a deterrent. The criminal justice system is overburdened and underfunded for that type of function as well. The real solution is quality intervention strategies that aren't antiquated and ineffective.

jack
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jack 01/06/10 - 01:55 pm
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Fish, the average age of HS

Fish, the average age of HS grads is 18. However, I would not be surprised to find older ones at Josey.

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/06/10 - 01:56 pm
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Why not close Greenbrier,

Why not close Greenbrier, Grovetown, and Evans? They have several incidents.

jack
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jack 01/06/10 - 01:56 pm
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Why is this not in the Metro

Why is this not in the Metro secton?

Notreally
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Notreally 01/06/10 - 02:14 pm
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Funny how the want to close

Funny how the want to close the predom black schools first LOL. Close Josey and Laney LOL... OMG

Notreally
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Notreally 01/06/10 - 02:17 pm
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Funny how THEY want to close

Funny how THEY want to close the predom black schools first LOL. Close Josey and Laney LOL... OMG

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/06/10 - 02:21 pm
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17 and 18 isn't out of the

17 and 18 isn't out of the ordinary. Why do people keep saying that? graduating at 18 is pretty much the norm. Especially for children whos birthdays make it so they are almost 6 before starting school.

HowieBoutneaux
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HowieBoutneaux 01/06/10 - 02:27 pm
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jack, it's in breaking news

jack, it's in breaking news because it happened this morning and actually qualifies as such.

99 problems
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99 problems 01/06/10 - 02:40 pm
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Excuse me LIFELONG RESIDENT

Excuse me LIFELONG RESIDENT but I am a teacher at T. W. Josey High School and feel offended by the fact that you feel Title I schools such as Josey and Laney should be closed due to incidents such as the one that occurred today. First of all, a few bad apples doesnt ruin the entire bunch and we have an excellent curriculum here with quality teachers. Our students were not born with silver spoons in their mouths and some are not as academically proficient as those learning under the davidson/johnson model. Nevertheless, these students still deserve a quality education just the same. Violent incidents occur everywhere so why bash one school or the county just the same. If you have ever visited the RCBOE website, our goal is to make lifelong learners and productive citizens out of these individuals and we give it our 100%. Its not about the money or AYP. Hipocrits such as yourself seem to have given up on less fortunate students but its the teachers at Josey and Laney, as well as other Title I schools that havent. Are you willing to teach these individuals?...thats what I thought. Instead of closing these schools, why not close your mouth. These are OUR children you are talking about!

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Dixieman 01/06/10 - 02:51 pm
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Why doesn't the edit function

Why doesn't the edit function work on these posts anymore?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 01/06/10 - 02:58 pm
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Dixie, not only does the edit

Dixie, not only does the edit not work but neither does delete. It has been that way for months and despite many pleas from lots of people, they still havent fixed it. It doesn't seem it should be that hard to fix by a professional. I think they are doing that on purpose, probably because of all the people who come on here and run their piehole, then go back and selectively delete to make themselves look like victims being ganged up o or attacked, or to delete racist comments and threats so they can at least get their stupid post in for a few minutes to avoid reprecussion.

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hopeful 01/06/10 - 03:04 pm
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fish2..its not that they stay

fish2..its not that they stay in school longer, its just the "changing" of the rules all of the time. Used to be if you were 6 years old that year you could start first grade...now its september 1st and with this prek stuff, some parents want their kids to attend two years (or they probably wished they did) because they do not allow these kids to be kids. I am wondering if soon they will have a pre-k for the three year olds.

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Pistol 01/06/10 - 03:10 pm
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Well put 99 problems. I've

Well put 99 problems. I've refereed basketball all over the CSRA the past 6 years and I will be the first to admit the young men and women who play for Richmond County schools have ALWAYS been very polite and cordial. Not once have I ever had a problem in a Richmond County school. Now go over to Columbia County, and those kids act the fool! We experience more problems from the fans, parents, coaches and players at one game than the entire year at Richmond County. Keep up the good fight.

thereishope
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thereishope 01/06/10 - 03:11 pm
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99 problems...Thank you :-)

99 problems...Thank you :-)

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/06/10 - 03:25 pm
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See how some minds cover up

See how some minds cover up the real issue, "this is an isolated incident."

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 01/06/10 - 03:29 pm
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99 - do you teach English? -

99 - do you teach English? - You may want to check your writing, might need a red pencil.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 03:32 pm
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well 99 how about closing

well 99 how about closing them based on POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE??? when was the last time jhosey or laney made ayp????? when was the last time them passed the crct???when was the last time 75% of the senior class graduated??? millions of dollars of TAXPAYER MONEY is poured into building b-ball gymnasiums and football fields but when it comes to academics the graduation rates and test scores tell a different story, since the consultants who did the study and recommended closing 2 high schools, then which schools should be closed???? it is not fair for poor property owners to continiously be forced to pay for athletic venues or ineffective, inefficient, useless, and wasteful programs for schools that have LOW GRADUATION RATES AND LOW TEST SCORES....

PoorRoe
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PoorRoe 01/06/10 - 03:40 pm
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lifelongresidient your

lifelongresidient your mother, dad and all 3 of your friends must be very proud of the fact that you have turned out to be such a blooming racist idiot.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/06/10 - 03:52 pm
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Yea, anytime anybody post

Yea, anytime anybody post FACTS, they become a blooming racist idiot.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 03:52 pm
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HEY POOR HWO DO YOU KNOW WHAT

HEY POOR HWO DO YOU KNOW WHAT COLOR I AM!!! because i complain about academics being DE-EMPHASIZED directly leading to ALL of the TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS FAILING TO MEET AYP, and the only solution the school board has is to RAISE taxes TO PAY FOR PROGRAMS THAT CLEARLY ARE NOT WORKING!!! whether you know it are not there is a crisis when it come to education in the black community!! augusta/richmond county has the 6th highest dropout rate percentage of BLACK MALES in the ENTIRE COUNTRY! a higher pecentage than the entire school district of detroit michigan...so where is your outrage??? are you aware that the rich cnty boe has projected budget deficit for the year 2010...where is your outrage...are you aware no rich cnty high school met ayp.where is your outrage...are you aware the school board would rather layoff teachers, bus drivers, parapros and any other group directly related to EDUCATION rather then suspend any/all extra-curricular activities in an attempt to balace the budget? where is your outrage??? you have high school graduates almost functional illiterates because of the boe decision to "dumb down" the curriculm to improve graduation rates ..where is your outrage????

Farfromhome
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Farfromhome 01/06/10 - 03:58 pm
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Lifelongresident.....so where

Lifelongresident.....so where would they go? The high schools that met AYP in Richmond county were Johnson and Davidson. So I'm assuming that your solution is to only educate the "smart" kids and close down all of the poorly performing schools. As far as fairness do you think it is fair to suggest that some individuals should get some sort of education while others are excluded? Instead of throwing a bandaid (and a horrible one at that) why not figure out how to fix the problem. There are probably stellar teachers at all of those schools that would be willing to help figure it out. Denying education to someone is definitely not a viable solution. Tax payer dollars from the entire county go to those schools (county schools = county tax payers not just the "poor" folks)....just like they go to Davidson and Johnson....so it's the wealthy, poor and everyone in between who are paying for them to operate.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 04:01 pm
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hey poor do your

hey poor do your homework...back during the worst times of reconstruction, the black codes and jim crow blacks who went to school withg less educational opportunities then than today had aHIGHER RATES OF GRADUATION THAN NOW...why??? because there was a true value placed on education, that's why..poor why is it that there is money to be had for sports, but teachers have to dig in their own pockets to pay for school supplies theuy should already have??? poor why is it there's always money for sports but not enuff textbooks for all students???? poor tell me why there's always money for sports but continued budget deficits that always have to balanced on the backs of the taxpayers or at the expense of a teacher, bus driver or parapro losing his or her job??? poor tell why is there money for sports when there isn't enuff money to repair buses, fix schools or pay teachers, parapro or bus drivers what they are worth for the job that they do???? poor why is there money for sports when the county schools have low test scores and high drop-out rates..it's not about race, it is you who would use race as an excuse when the same child who can't read or write turns to crime

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