Dis­pute over elec­tion erupts at Al­covy High

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

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

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