According to Clanton, School Resource Officer Cpl. Tony Brown responded to a fight between two students at Griffin High School Thursday. Brown’s investigation revealed that the students had engaged in a verbal altercation in a classroom, which escalated into a physical confrontation in the hallway when the next class change occurred.
The fight resulted in one student being evaluated by the school nurse at the scene. The student was then transported to Spalding Regional Medical Center for treatment as a precautionary measure. The student was evaluated at the hospital and released from the emergency room a short time later, Clanton said.
Griffin High School Principal Janet Ware spoke to the student who was transported to the hospital, said Anna Burns, director of school and community services for Griffin-Spalding County Schools, in an e-mail.
The student’s family said that the student plans to return to school on Tuesday, and his absence until that time is due to an unrelated circumstance, Burns said.
Both students involved in the altercation are facing charges in juvenile court for affray, battery and disruption of a public school, Clanton said.
As for disciplinary action on behalf of the school system, Superintendent Curtis Jones said the administration at Griffin High School is interviewing students and teachers who were present when the altercation took place.
“At this time, I don’t have a recommendation from the principal (at Griffin High),” Jones said, adding that he is only notified of a proposed suspension when it exceeds 10 days.
Factors that determine whether a suspension, or even expulsion, is warranted include the seriousness of the altercation, the extent of potential injuries and how much of a disruption the altercation created, he said.