COVINGTON - What was meant to be an end-of-the-year celebration for the students at a Newton County elementary school turned into a fight with eight adult guests being arrested.
About 12:15 p.m. Thursday, deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from Oak Hill Elementary School.
According to the Newton County School System, just before the fifth-grade awards ceremony started at Oak Hill, an incident that resulted in a call to the NCSO happened in the school cafeteria between guests of the fifth-graders in the ceremony.
"Apparently several adults got into a scuffle over a chair, and it escalated to the point that law enforcement had to be called to the school," said Sherri Viniard, director of public relations for NCSS. "Those involved in the altercation were removed from campus."
NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said when deputies arrived at the school, they questioned those who witnessed the fight.
"Deputies collected witness statements and further evidence of the incident, which resulted in the arrest of eight subjects involved in the altercation," he said.
The following individuals were arrested and charged with affray and disruption of a public school:
· Anthony Lamonte Bullard, 17, of Lithonia;
· Randall Leon Harvey, 20, of Lithonia;
· Jennifer Renee Bullard, 38, of Lithonia;
· Jamal Lorde Sewer, 34, of Covington;
· Monica Elaine Greene, 33, of Covington;
· Stephanie Renee Capers, 42, of Stone Mountain;
· Gregory Lee Horton, 44, of Covington.
Additionally, Jennifer Lynn Smith, 30, of McDonough, was charged with disruption of a public school.
Viniard said no children were involved in the incident, and the fifth-graders had not yet been called to the cafeteria for the ceremony, so they did not witness the scuffle.
"There were just a few children in the room when the incident took place," she said. "And due to the professional way in which the faculty and staff handled the situation, Oak Hill was able to proceed with the awards ceremony for the students."
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