COVINGTON -- Two students were involved in a fight at Eastside High School on Wednesday, requiring treatment at the hospital for both combatants.
According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison, the fight occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. in the commons area of the school. Morrison was on duty at the school and said she heard yelling and saw a large crowd gathered.
"I was able to see arms swinging over the heads in the crowd. I then began to run and push through a crowd of students and observed two male students involved in a physical altercation," Morrison said.
She said as she was running toward the fight, the 15-year-old perpetrator hit the other student, age 16, in the face with a closed fist.
"It knocked the student unconscious," she said.
She handcuffed the 15-year-old and called for EMS to come to the school. The 16-year-old regained consciousness and was treated by the school nurse. Morrison said his brother later took him to the hospital for further treatment. He had a busted lip, mouth and nose.
The 15-year-old had swollen and discolored hands and was released to his parents to receive medical treatment. He was charged with aggravated assault, but was processed at the jail the next day due to his physical condition. His name was not released due to his status as a juvenile.
"We don't know the reason for the fight yet, but we're still investigating," she said.
In other news, a man with a machete was arrested after he tried to attack his father at his home on Mills Landing on Thursday about 3 in the afternoon. Morrison said.
A neighbor heard a disturbance and called 911. When deputies arrived at the home, they could hear arguing within, but had to repeatedly knock to get someone to answer the door. The father answered the door and deputies observed the younger man, age 47, in the doorway, still holding the machete. The deputy pulled his Taser and ordered the man to put down the machete and he complied, Morrison said.
Further investigation showed that the son had been despondent over a divorce and had been drinking alcohol and taking Lortab all day. He began to be belligerent to the father, pushing and shoving him. He started swinging at him with the machete, putting three holes in the drywall in the garage and a hole in a partition between the kitchen and living room.
Michael Reagin, 47, of 10 Mills Landing was arrested and charged with aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act.