NCSS, NCSO investigating alleged assault

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged assault on a student by a teacher at Liberty Middle School, officials have confirmed.

The parent of a 14-year-old Liberty Middle School filed a report of assault with the NCSO on Thursday after learning about an incident involving her son at the school earlier in the day.

Angie Tipton said an administrator from the school called her about 4 p.m. Thursday to inform her that her son reported that his teacher had cursed at him and put her hands around his throat when he was trying to throw away a piece of paper at about 2 p.m. that day.

After talking with her son about the incident, Tipton also felt the need for her and her son to submit a statement and file a report with the NCSO. Courtney Morrison, public information officer at NCSO, said that the matter is under investigation.

Tipton said she also talked to administrators with the school, who said several students in the class made a statement, and with officials at NCSS, who were unaware of the incident at the time of their conversation on Friday.

"We are aware of the allegations and are investigating; however, as this is a personnel matter, we cannot make any further comments at this time," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS, on Tuesday.

As of this week, Tipton said the teacher is still working at the school, although her son was placed in a different class at her request. Tipton said she wants some sort of disciplinary action taken against the teacher.

"Even if kids use bad language and put their hands on another kid, they automatically get suspended with no questions asked," Tipton said. "Something needs to be done."