NHS stu­dents al­legedly as­sault teacher

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal in­jured in in­ci­dent

The Covington News - - Local news - By Tyler Smith

Three fe­male New­ton High School stu­dents were ar­rested on Jan. 24 af­ter they re­port­edly as­saulted sev­eral staff mem­bers and a New­ton County Sher­iff’s deputy.

The in­ci­dent be­gan at ap­prox­i­mately 12:30 p.m. in the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal’s of­fice when sub­ject one was asked to leave the of­fice and go sit by the clinic. She re­port­edly re­fused an­grily sev­eral times. When asked to go sit down, she re­port­edly replied, “I don’t want to sit down.” Af­ter an­other warn­ing, sub­ject one re­port­edly left hes­i­tantly.

Min­utes later, the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal asked NCSO Deputy An­thony Wash­ing­ton for as­sis­tance in lo­cat­ing the stu­dent. They re­port­edly found her seated sev­eral rows up on the gym bleach­ers. The as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal told sub­ject one to come with him, but she re­port­edly re­fused, re­ply­ing, “I ain’t go­ing no where.”

When the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at­tempted to grab the sus­pect, she re­port­edly be­came very com­bat­ive, jerk­ing her arms away. Wash­ing­ton then tried to take her into cus­tody, but she re­port­edly pulled her arms away and again said, “I ain’t go­ing nowhere.”

The deputy grabbed the stu- dent by her arm and she re­port­edly broke his grip. Sub­ject one was then taken to the floor. As Wash­ing­ton at­tempted to hand­cuff her, she re­port­edly be­gan to flail and kick her legs. Dur­ing the out­burst, Wash­ing­ton was struck in the lower torso.

While Wash­ing­ton con­tin­ued to strug­gle with the sus­pect, sub­ject two at­tempted to charge the deputy. She was re­strained by the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal and a coach and Wash­ing­ton was able to hand­cuff sub­ject one. Sub­ject two con­tin­ued to strug­gle, kick­ing and swing­ing her arms. The as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal and the coach were both hit dur­ing the al­ter­ca­tion.

The as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal sus- tained slight in­juries while the coach was not harmed.

Sub­ject three then tried to en­ter into the fray and was de­tained by a teacher. She was told to stop strug­gling but re­port­edly re­fused. When she went out of con­trol, the teacher re­port­edly took her to the ground.

All the stu­dents were es­corted to the front of­fice where they re­port­edly con­tin­ued to be de­fi­ant and hos­tile to­ward the staff.

NCSO Lt. Mark Mitchell said the stu­dents were sis­ters. Vic­to­ria Jack­son, 17, was ar­rested on charges of bat­tery on a school teacher and dis­rup­tion of the op­er­a­tion of a pub­lic school. Her 14-year-old and 16-year-old sis­ters were charged as ju­ve­niles.

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