11 in custody after officers respond to fight at Josey High

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 11:29 AM
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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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Notreally
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Notreally 01/06/10 - 04:08 pm
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ummm lifelongresident go

ummm lifelongresident go here: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ EVERY high school in Richmond County did not meet AYP, except Davidson and Johnson. So should we close all of them?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/06/10 - 04:10 pm
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lifelongresidient, by posting

lifelongresidient, by posting all those FACTS, get ready again to be hit with the race card.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 04:11 pm
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no far, put the emphasis back

no far, put the emphasis back on education!!! pure and simple it is not the schools responsibility to raise children..not all who go to davidson/johnson are mensa members...do you know the key to the success of davidson/johnson is..PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT...an average student can become a good student if the parent get involved...you are righrt everyone pays, i guess you don't realize how..with an educated population you get less crime, you get less drug abuse, you get lower rates of poverty and unwed mothers, those that are educated have a greater ability to take care of the children they produce instead of the state you get a higher quality individual who has a greater tendency to respect the law which in turn allows the government to use its tax dollars to improve the quality of life for everyone not in the building of more jails.have you every researched the percentage of inmates who don't have high school diplomas?no i guess not if i am not mistaken 60% or more of those in jails don't have an high school education...what would rather have lower taxes because of a more educated population or more jails mostly filled with those both black and white who don't have a H/S

Farfromhome
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Farfromhome 01/06/10 - 04:15 pm
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Put parental involvement back

Put parental involvement back into place? I didn't know it was no longer encouraged, I'm working in a school now and worked in schools in Georgia as well. It's encouraged, but you can't force the parents to become involved unfortunately. As for corporal punishment, would you want your kid hit by another adult who had very little real regard for their well being? What would you consider an offense worth corporal punishment? Tardies? Skipping class? Ttalking back? When corporal punishment was in the schools those were offenses where kids could receive some sort of corporal punishment. Are you late to work ever? Do you call out sick without being sick? Do you have that oops moment where you aren't respectful to someone? Should you get hit for that?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 04:15 pm
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education??? i said it before

education??? i said it before before you and all those pull out the race card you don't know if i am black, white or asian so how can it be about race...your anger should be directed at those who refuse to emphasize education by using the same learning model that is being used at davidson/johnson....you should be upset because the school board makes excuses for poor academic performance instead of making the parents be parents...the same ones you are now making excuses for in a few years will be the same ones selling drugs, robbing and stealing, it could happen to me, you a friend or loved one...then whose fault will it be?????

Farfromhome
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Farfromhome 01/06/10 - 04:18 pm
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If you researched actual ways

If you researched actual ways to prevent violence in schools instead of statistics you may have more of a leg to stand on. Just a suggestion.

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 01/06/10 - 04:24 pm
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What is the median age at

What is the median age at josey? 20 or something like that? Looks like the TEACHERS are just as much of the problem as the parents. This social promortion BS is just that, BS. They need to start a "repair shopping cart" class or the "recycle metal 101" for some of those adults attending that school. BUT......before I get jumped on, the same thing goes for the schools in CC and AIken county as well. Boot the trouble makers because they will turn out tobe thugs anyway. It si in most of their blood. Kinda like a pit bull bloodline. Hey, maybe thats whey they call each other blood.....!

Farfromhome
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Farfromhome 01/06/10 - 04:25 pm
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There's nothing magical at

There's nothing magical at Johnson/Davidson. They have small classes and are selective. You are going to get great scores if you only select a few kids each year to go to a school. Small class sizes means the students get more individual time with a teacher if they need it, which unfortunately may not happen in other schools because of class size. Teachers try, but there are only so many hours in the day. Doesn't excuse poor education, but if a student needs extra support and it is not available for whatever reason unfortunately sometimes they fall through the cracks. It is a problem....but it takes money to get those kids up to par.

dani
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dani 01/06/10 - 04:26 pm
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Work two jobs if necessary

Work two jobs if necessary (oops..sorry, there are no jobs), send your child to a private school, pay state taxes to keep public schools separate and at the least, your child will get a quality education.

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disssman 01/06/10 - 04:32 pm
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99 problems when you wrote

99 problems when you wrote "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" did you mean they are not capable of learning or that the teachers are not capable of teaching them? last I heard, all children are endowed with the same learning ability regardless of economic status. As to the silver spoon reference, you should also know they wern't born with a desire to fight either, it was taught by someone. I am amazed that you are so calm about the incident. If I were a teacher there and had given my best to educated these 17, I would be mad as HE11 that these idiots couldn't at least act a little grown up. I do agree with you concerning that the few students that work hard do need to be recognized for their efforts but it must be hard on them and our inability to take swift firm action just makes it harder.

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Lp_J 01/06/10 - 04:39 pm
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oh well

oh well

lilrowe
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lilrowe 01/06/10 - 04:39 pm
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i'm a student at josey and

i'm a student at josey and nothing has happened all year but this and it's going to be on the news because it's josey duhhh and they're goin to make it s0und 10 times worse than what it really is...f.y.i black people fight and make the paper wow!!!!.....& white people get high and rape eachother and overdose and die and d0n't make the paper...hmmmmm??? somethings n0t right!!!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/06/10 - 04:47 pm
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lilrowe, No doubt about it,

lilrowe, No doubt about it, you are a (j)osey student.

fd1962
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fd1962 01/06/10 - 04:48 pm
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Hey, Lifelongresidient, why
Unpublished

Hey, Lifelongresidient, why all that money for SPORTS?? Certain population segments have gone from being no good at sports a hundred years ago to being only good at sports nowadays. You can't knock success.

lilrowe
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lilrowe 01/06/10 - 04:53 pm
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guessing you're white huh

guessing you're white huh

coolchic
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coolchic 01/06/10 - 05:00 pm
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I think it's admirable that

I think it's admirable that the principal is addressing the issue, holding those at fault accountable and reassuring the students and the public that there is still hope for these students. Many times people don't believe in themselves or that they can succeed because others did not believe in them. Cudos to Dr Wiggins. I do hope that these students will see that Dr Wiggins has confidence in them and that they will use this opportunity to make better decisions.

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pommom38 01/06/10 - 05:01 pm
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All year? School hasn't been

All year? School hasn't been in session that long, sooo.. The track record for the 09/10 school year won't be to good.
Do you read the paper daily rowe? If you did, then you would realize how idiotic your statement's are. Anytime there is an altercation at ANY school, committed by ANYONE, it makes the paper. Wow, surprize!!
10 time's worse? Hmm, so what? The article should have said what exactly? That only two students got into an altercation?

SMITHA
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SMITHA 01/06/10 - 05:04 pm
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99 your not really a teacher

99 your not really a teacher are you.

willienelson
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willienelson 01/06/10 - 05:07 pm
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lilrowe I don't see anything

lilrowe I don't see anything that would indicate your race but I certainly do see something that indicates your level of education.Perhaps you should have not posted at all.

jobediah88
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jobediah88 01/06/10 - 05:19 pm
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I have to say that i do agree

I have to say that i do agree with the statement "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." Things like this begin away from the campus and then escalate after someone pushes the envelope. I attended Josey high myself along with 2 other high schools in Richmond County. Out of the 3 that I attended, I received the best educational experience from Josey. They have teachers that WANT to give students the information they need & deserve to get. But the problem comes from the student NOT wanting to soak up that information. You have troubled students in EVERY school.....not just the ones in the lack luster section of town or in the inner-city. Oh and just in case anyone thinks this is a race related thing.....I'm white. The other 2 schools that I atteneded were Hephzibah High & Westside. HSH I would rank second out of the 3 and Westside was a total joke. WHS had just as many teachers dealing & using drugs as they had students doing the same things. No teacher there really cared if you were in class or not.

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ispy4u 01/06/10 - 05:20 pm
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LILROWE, do not let the likes

LILROWE, do not let the likes of CO or WILLIE get to you. They never have any thing positive to say about Blacks. They get off posting on any thing negative when Blacks are involved Do not let them discourage. They need some thing to justify their own miserable lives. By the way. NONE of them are RHODES SCHOLARS.

coolchic
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coolchic 01/06/10 - 05:24 pm
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99, I hope you ARE a teacher

99, I hope you ARE a teacher at Josey. I like your attitude and hope that you realize how much of an impact you can have in the lives of the students. Kids don't always realize it, but they crave structure and discipline and do very well in that type of environment. They feel safe making decisions knowing the boundaries. Just because kids make mistakes doesn't mean that they are destined for failure. They need reassurance and tough love. Trust me, they even go on to live very successful lives.

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lilrowe 01/06/10 - 05:33 pm
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only richmond county schools

only richmond county schools make the paper...hmmm...and how idiotic are you arguing with a child????????

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 01/06/10 - 05:35 pm
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far the children are not

far the children are not selected, i guess you missed the article indicating an open house for davidson/johnson...the children have to test to get in, no pass no admittance....oh BTW far, the CHILD AND THE PARENT MUST SIGN A CONTRACT(YOU KNOW A LEGAL BINDING AGREEMENT) which spells out the role of the child(learning), the role of the parent(s) (involvement in their childs education, making sure assignments are done, making sure the child is respectful and follows the rules-or its called discipline), and the role of the teacher/school(educate the child)..together this is the recipe for success because each stakeholder knows and follows their roles this translates into high academic achievement/low rates of problems students..but i guess far you will continue to make excuses as to why this wont work and continue to make excuses for low academic achievement then go and blame "the man" for the school board and your failure to demand/expect better academic performance...you motto is just like the school board..."just throw more money at the problem"..well the only problem with that is soon the money will dry up then what will your solution be???

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lilrowe 01/06/10 - 05:37 pm
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I'm an african american

I'm an african american SENiOR at Josey that will be graduating in May with distinction.....lol......and hopefully when I do graduate from high school and college I will have a job that occupies my time so that I won't be on here arguing with students hmmmm??

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/06/10 - 05:52 pm
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Ispy4u, I have to agree with

Ispy4u, I have to agree with you on one point, OK, I am not a Rhodes Scholar. I am far from living a miserable life. I feel that the 70 years that I have lived, it has been very productive, totally financial secure, been very happy and still am, raised 5 very productive, law abiding, common sense and God fearing children. Most of my post about black contain documented facts. I have many times posted on an issue using an all race comment. By the way, any thing and some thing are usually one word. "Do not let them discourage" (Who).

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/06/10 - 06:00 pm
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lilrowe, check with your

lilrowe, check with your senior teacher about capitalization.

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lilrowe 01/06/10 - 06:03 pm
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i'm not at school at the

i'm not at school at the moment...you grading me?

lilrowe
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lilrowe 01/06/10 - 06:04 pm
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alright grown people with

alright grown people with nothing to do i'm out this boring......

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