COVINGTON -- A 14-year-old Alcovy High School student was allegedly beaten in a classroom by two 16-year-olds Thursday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Newton County School System.
"Two boys entered a classroom and assaulted a young man," said Alcovy Principal LaQuanda Carpenter. "Both men were handled from a school discipline standpoint and were also arrested."
The assault occurred just as classes were changing around 10 a.m. and while the teacher from that classroom was in the hall, Carpenter said.
According to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison, the school resource officer was called to respond to the classroom where the fight had taken place. The teacher informed the officer that two 16-year-olds had been involved in a physical altercation. The suspects were escorted from the classroom.
"The victim walked out of the classroom and said his head was hurting and advised one of the perpetrators repeatedly punched him in his head because allegedly he informed the school staff on Wednesday (March 7) that another student had contraband on him," Morrison said, referring to the NCSO incident report. "The victim was seen by the school nurse, treated for multiple lumps and abrasions to his head ... (he also) sustained bruises on his shoulders."
Morrison said both assailants sustained injuries to their knuckles and were treated, as well.
The 16-year-olds were charged with disruption of a public school and battery and were transported to Juvenile Court, where their parents were notified to pick them up.
The mother of the 14-year-old victim said her son has been bullied in the past and described this incident as "traumatic."
"I am not pleased. Bullying is serious. The teacher should have been in the room. It was the same class he was in the day before when he reported (that one of the perpetrators) showed him and another boy some marijuana," she said. "One of the boys was supposed to be in that class during that time, but the other boy was not even supposed to be in that class. He went into that class to help his buddy with the assault."
The mother said she plans to go to the school board to complain about how the reporting of the marijuana was handled as well as the teacher not being in the classroom at the time the fight broke out.
She said this was not the first time her son had been a victim of violence at Newton County Schools, saying that while a student at Indian Creek Middle School he was pushed up against a locker and held while money was taken from him and he was bullied while a student at Veterans Memorial Middle School and at Oak Hill Elementary School.
"I want the story out there and I want other parents to be aware," she said. "Newton County has not been good in my opinion, but it's getting worse."
Also, about 3:15 p.m. the same day, two 17-year-old students got into a fight at Alcovy High School while waiting to board the afternoon bus, striking each other with closed fists.
A school resource officer broke up the fight, Morrison said, and even after the two were separated, one of them broke away and struck the other in the face.
Arrested and charged with affray, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and disruption of a public school were Erophaus Mardarius Calhoun, 17, of 11014 Flat Shoals Road and Antwone Deshawn Hooks, 17, of 485 East Country Woods Drive.