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Newton High student attacks teacher, administrator

COVINGTON -- A school administrator and a teacher were both injured in an attack by a 16-year-old student at Newton High School Wednesday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Newton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Keith Crum the 16-year-old offender had gotten into a fight with another male student over a girl.

"The female teacher made contact with him and he was upset and pushed the teacher to the ground," Crum said. "An administrator saw what happened and intervened and the student struck him multiple times, including in the nose which caused bleeding."

Following the altercation, the student left the area and the School Resource Officer was notified. The student was soon located and arrested and turned over to Juvenile Court. He was charged with battery on school teacher/personnel, simple battery and battery (a misdemeanor).

In other crime news, Peachtree Academy at 14101 U.S. Highway 278, was burglarized overnight Monday or early Tuesday, according to the Covington Police Department.

Doors were found open to the building, but no forced entry was observed, the CPD incident report states. It appeared the only items taken were 16 computers from the computer lab, as well as computers from the administration office. The cost of the equipment was estimated at $10,350, which did not include damage to wiring which will need to be repaired.

The NCSO reported the arrest of two men, both facing child molestation charges in separate incidents.

Zimani Tarlyn Davis, 40, of 40 Desota Drive was arrested on Sept. 5 and charged with child molestation and sexual battery in connection with ongoing incidents involving a teenage girl.

The girl, who was acquainted with Davis, reported the incidents at school and the NCSO was informed.

"Our investigation yielded enough probable cause to make an arrest," Crum said.

Also, Larry Arthur Kruel Jr., 33, of 235 Dixie Trail was arrested Tuesday on charges of child molestation; aggravated child molestation and cruelty to children.

"Deputies responded to a complaint from a mother who reported her 9-year-old daughter had been molested," Crum said, adding that an investigation ensued which developed enough probable cause to arrest Kruel. The child was known to Kruel and the alleged molestation had been ongoing for a period of time. The molestation was reported on Aug. 31.

George Wesley Owen, 38, of 236 Castle Drive, Conyers, has been arrested and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

According to Crum, Owen was registered in Newton County, but he moved to Conyers to live with a woman who has a child.

"Probation told him to come back to Newton County and that it was a violation of his probation to live in the house with the child," Crum said. "They found out he was actually still in Conyers and he was arrested."

Comments

Tairuna 1 year, 7 months ago

Hunter Hall will tell Baxter this did not happen.  HIDE IT NOW.

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Southside 1 year, 7 months ago

Definately not Chamber of Commerce news.

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Covingtonian 1 year, 7 months ago

This must be a mistake, only bad things happen in the school system at Alcovy right? Discipline starts at home. Unruly children should be dealt with sternly and their parents should be held accountable. The schools shouldn't have to raise children, only to educate them. This young man should be put out of school and dealt with most severely since he had no more self control than to assault two teachers. You good citizens should focus more energy on ideas to help correct the school issues rather than villifying the chamber president for speaking what many consider just plain common sense. How many of you will dare print something in the paper in a negative light toward the company/firm you work for?

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Southside 1 year, 7 months ago

If you are talking about Mr. Meadors' articles sheding a negative light, he doesn't work for NCSS. He was elected by your neighbors to represent their best interests. Mr. Hall IS an employee and it is in his best interest to only highlight positives so he can STAY employed. One person is looking out for Newton County's best interests, the other is looking out for his job. If you don't like Mr. Meadors' opinions, by all means go vote for someone else next election.

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Resident53 1 year, 7 months ago

How dare you print this! Expect Hunter Hall to appear in your offices this morning, business cancellations in hand and demanding you only print milk and honey stories about our schools. After all, problems ignored are problems solved, right?

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Frustrated 1 year, 7 months ago

Just goes to show the attitude of a lot of teenagers. I hope he is shown the error of his ways by the court system.

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will 1 year, 7 months ago

This thug should be kicked out of NHS and do some serious jail time as an adult. This thug attitude is rampant amoung the young people of this county and it all start with the breakdown of the family. The teachers should be allowed to file a lawsuit against the parents of this punk, what a man to push a female teacher to the ground. I wonder where he learned to disrespect authority and females?

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56vick 1 year, 7 months ago

All three high schools suffer the same problems . I guess it's easier to have a hate vendetta against two people than to try to fix the whole system.The parents and teacher's have to take a part of the blame . It's easier to ignore the problems than to try to fix them.Don't really understand how the Hall versus Meadors saga ended up in this article but it just proves my point ! Stop the hate campaign and start trying to fix the problem . Southside was correct in his above statement he said Meadows DOES NOT WORK FOR NCSS .I think he works for himself .

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amp72 1 year, 7 months ago

No Einstein, he works for the voters. And the voters want the schools cleaned up. They do NOT want the problems ignored for the sake of a PR campaign waged by the Chamber. The teachers can do nothing if the people higher up don't support them.

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Southside 1 year, 7 months ago

I guess ol 56 understands you mo better than he did me

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Newtownqq 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder why a teacher or administrator tried to stop this fight. The story goes after the fight the School Resource Officer was notified, why was he not first on the scene? That is his job and what he is being paid for? Teachers or Admin job is not to break up fights to educate or children is their job. I plan on asking where the Resource Officer was while this was all going on! DR. Mathews here I come!

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Southside 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe because the school property covers a lot of space? I would hope school staff would try to stop a fight instead of waiting 10 minutes for the SRO to be found and arrive at the scene.

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Newtownqq 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't think you understand Southside. All it would take is a PA anouncement or a cell phone call placed to get the SRO to the scene. Or maybe have our schools just gotten to large? A teacher's job is to teach our young students not break up fights, they are barely paid enough to teach. Now they are breaking up fights? Was that in the job description ?

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Southside 1 year, 7 months ago

And if he was a quarter mile away (and that is entirely possible) somebody's child could be severly injured. I think maybe you don't understand. 50 years ago teachers broke up fights. If we still have schools 50 years from now, I hope teachers will still help if necessary.

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John 1 year, 7 months ago

Totally agree with your comments Southside. If one wasn't there to personally assess the situation, they should avoid making baseless comments. See PA announcements come from the front office - so someone needs to go to the front office or push the "panic" button in a class room (& hope some one picks up) & request it. Cell phone calls do take time to complete & often inside a building calls are dropped. The Safety of students should always be "job #1.

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