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Eastside student sent to hospital

COVINGTON -- An Eastside High School student is back at school after being treated at the hospital earlier this week after a classmate hit him.

On Monday morning, a 15-year old, ninth-grader walked up behind a 10th-grade male and punched him in the jaw, according to Sherri Viniard, director of public relations at the Newton County School System.

His injuries were so severe that she said he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Immediately after the fight, the ninth-grade aggressor left the scene.

"The principal offered a reward for information, and several students came forward and helped identify the assailant the same day," Viniard said. "He is facing criminal charges and also has been suspended to a formal hearing. Per Newton County Juvenile Court, the student was released to his father."

The injured student has returned to Eastside High.

"Fortunately, he is OK and back at school," Viniard said.

The suspect has not been identified due to his status as a juvenile.

In other school news, school staff members transported a 9-year-old student home from West Newton Elementary School on Nov. 11, according to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

School staff called the NCSO after the student got out of control, throwing desks in his classroom. Officers observed the student yelling and throwing items around the classroom and had to restrain him for his safety and remove him from the classroom. He had no visible injuries, according to the report.

Also, two students from Sharp Learning Center alternative school were taken into custody Nov. 9 at Porterdale Elementary School and charged with felony terroristic threats and acts and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Nineteen-year-old Antuan Dontavious Harvey, of 55 Keyton Drive, Covington, and a 15-year-old were waiting at Porterdale Elementary School for their next bus when they became involved in an altercation. They were separated before a fight broke out, according to an NCSO report.