Dispute over election erupts at Alcovy High
Word of violence, weapons, bricks being thrown, property damage and mayhem at Alcovy High School spread throughout social media Wednesday after a video of a disturbance at the school was posted to Facebook.
The video showed two groups of students shouting back and forth about Donald Trump being elected President of the United States that morning. Students were rowdy, cursing at each other and using obscene gestures.
“This morning a small group of students were videoed shouting about the election and throwing some items in the commons area,” a release from the Newton County School System (NCSS) said. “That video was shared on social media with false claims that a riot was taking place at the school.”
Talk of the incident at Alcovy High led to parents and guardians coming down to the school to check out students. According to Alcovy Principal Dr. Sandra Owens, 724 students, or around 39 percent of the school’s 1,874 student body,
were checked out Wednesday.
The outraged social media posts stemming from the video, made mostly by non-students, also claimed SWAT officers were called in to a “riot.”
The rumored “riot” at Alcovy was refuted by both the NCSS and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) later that morning.
“There were no riots and no weapons have been found on campus,” said the NCSS statement.
There were no arrests made and no criminal charges filed, according to the NCSO. A photo posted by a reader to The Covington News Facebook page, showing three deputies, including one wearing a tactical vest, was captioned “The SWAT team was at our school.” However NCSO reported that SWAT