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Fights, thefts reported first month of school

COVINGTON — Three Newton High School students were arrested in August for fighting with another student in the school’s commons area.

According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, a 16-year-old female victim was walking in the commons area of the high school just before 8 a.m. on Aug. 14 when she was approached by a 15-year-old male and another 16-year-old female student. The female suspect allegedly struck the victim and the victim began to fight back.

“The two went to the floor and the boy started kicking the victim in the head,” said Newton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

The 17-year-old sister of the male student then jumped into the fracas, Morrison said.

School administrators and resource officers broke up the fight and separated the students. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the fight started over something the victim allegedly said about the 16-year-old boy. The three students were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and simple battery.

“We encourage parents to read their student’s handbook and review the rules with their children so they are aware of the consequences of rule violations,” said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of public relations with Newton County schools. “Handbooks were distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year and copies of each school handbook are also posted on the Newton County School System website.”

The following are other reports stemming from incidents at Newton County schools this school year:

ALCOVY HIGH SCHOOL

• Two students began fighting around 8 a.m. on Aug. 12 in front of the school’s ninth-grade office. One of the boys said he hit the other student in the nose because he “was talking junk about him,” the incident report states. “He would not elaborate what he meant by junk.”

• A female student reported on Aug. 13 that a male student grabbed $5 from inside her shirt. The victim told the school resource officer the boy kept asking her for $1, but she said all she had was a $5 bill and then she pulled it out of her shirt and showed him.

As they were leaving for dismissal, the victim said the boy put his hand under her shirt and started running, which was when she noticed the money was gone.

• On Aug. 20, the school resource officer charged a student with disorderly conduct and disruption of a public school when the juvenile was sent out of his classroom for being disruptive. When the SRO told the student to get his bookbag, the student allegedly began cursing at the deputy and using profanity. The SRO told him to be quiet, but the student continued to argue loudly and use profanity, so he was arrested.

• Two students were arrested on Aug. 27 when they started punching another male student over some things the victim had allegedly said. According to the incident report, the victim was unable to defend himself and the school resource officer had to separate the parties.

• A fight broke out on Aug. 29 in the commons area of Alcovy High School. One male student accused another of spreading rumors when the brother of one of the students punched the other in the face.

EASTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

• A female student told the school resource officer on Aug. 19 that someone took her iPhone 5c from her bookbag that was on the bench in the courtyard during fifth period.

• A student at EHS reported on Aug. 25 that someone took his white earbuds from the boys locker room during gym class.

NEWTON COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMY

A student reported on Aug. 12 that someone had keyed her 2012 Chevrolet Camaro sometime the previous Friday, either at the Career Academy or at Newton High School.

NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL:

• On Aug. 19, a student reported that someone had stolen his cell phone while in class.

• A student reported that on Aug. 24 her iPhone 4 was stolen at the school.

• The school resource officer was contacted Aug. 25 when a student reported that his $360 pair of Nike Air Jordans was stolen in the locker room during gym class. The victim and another witness identified the 16-year-old suspect, who initially denied taking the shoes. However, they were later found inside his bookbag and he was arrested.

• A 17-year-old student was arrested Aug. 28 when the school resource officer was advised that the student had drugs. Once confronted, the student allegedly admitted to having marijuana in his vehicle, along with a knife.