Student allegedly attacked in Alcovy classroom

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 E. Country Woods Drive.


Grandcanyon 3 years, 3 months ago

This is a shame that students have got to behave this way. I never thought I would see the day that students would rather come to school and fight and sell drugs instead of learn. What is happening at AHS? Also what kind of learning environment is this for the kids? It isn't one now instead of being happy to come to school and learn and see their friends they have to be afraid and have distraction in the their education, this is such a disaster.

Where is the Administration? Is it going to take someone getting severly hurt or I hate to say this die before someone takes this seriously or takes any kind of action?

Come on people these are our children lets keep them out of danger not put them more at risk. Zero tolerance is zero tolerance, that should be bottom line. Not only when it applies or its convienent.

Anybody that agrees should please come to the Board of Education meeting at 7 P.M Tuesday 03/13/12 and fill out a form you can get these from Sherri Davis Viniard fill it out and you can have your chance to speak out against this chaos. Let's find a way to fix this problem.


CBSfinder 3 years, 3 months ago

I suggest go to the meeting tomorrow night at 7p.m at the BOE and voice your complaints. I did so in January and yes it was a complaint about Alcovy but the problem is that the principal's husband sat there steaming about it- that is why you don't need this conflict of interest situation in our county. I was not received in an objective way.


Henrycounselor 3 years, 3 months ago

I have a problem with this kind of behavior and also the behavior of the Administration. I don't understand what is going on. The last I checked the role of an administration was to help in keeping the children safe. This zero tolerance policy is put into affect for a reason not just to read it, to enforce it. I just can't see what is so hard about doing so. If the Administration wants to be lax and not enforce this rules until something like Columbine happens then you take that risk. Once kids find out that Administrators don't care what they do then they take advantage of that case in point, selling marijuana and jumping other students when the teacher leaves the room. It will become a more serious problem as time goes on if not dealt with. I think that it needs to be brought in front of the Boards attention to get this situation under control or at least try.

So please people if your children attend Alcovy or you know someone that does and you know of these issues please come to the Board meeting Tuesday 03/13/12 at 7p.m and voice your opinion. I think that this is one way to help the matter or at least get the ball rolling.


Momofthree 3 years, 3 months ago

I talked with someone up at the school board who said this school is the number one complaint. Why is nothing done to make it where my child can learn at this school. Why are their favorites played by the principal at this school even in terms of student discipline. Putting the wrong principle at an otherwise promising school has been a bad mark on our county. Why is this allowed to go on when one paper after the next tells of drugs, fights, attacks, arrests, tasers and more at this school. Why is the school system and board failing our schools can you not replace a principal who just cannot handle this situation? This is a bad to worse situation and it starts with human resources.


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