More than 20 Bibb students charged this week
Nov 09, 2012 (The Macon Telegraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
At least 22 Bibb County students have been criminally charged this week for crimes that include battery on a school official, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and theft, according to a Friday news release.
The school district said this week's incidents include:
-- Three incidents of battery on a school official. Tuesday, an 11-year-old male Rutland Middle student is alleged to have intentionally hit a teacher who was trying to stop him from fighting with another student. Wednesday, a 12-year-old boy from Elam Alexander Academy reportedly hit a teacher and was also charged with disruption of a public school. The same day, a 13-year-old male Weaver Middle student was charged after repeatedly pushing a teacher's hand away while the teacher tried to keep him from fighting with another student.
None of the teachers sustained serious injuries, according to the school system.
-- Two incidents of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Monday, a 15-year-old male Howard High student allegedly refused to follow verbal commands from campus police. He also faces a charge of disrupting a public school. At Ballard-Hudson Middle on Thursday, aggressive behavior from a 13-year-old female student toward campus police officers who were trying to escort her from the cafeteria resulted in a disruption of public school charge.
-- Two incidents of theft. A 15-year-old student from Westside High allegedly took a netbook computer Tuesday. After they were caught on video taking a teacher's iPad, three boys from Southwest High, all 17, were charged with theft by taking Thursday. They were taken to the Bibb County jail.
Students at several schools also were charged with affray, simple battery and disruption of a public school. All of the students involved in the cases, as well as three others who were not charged, were suspended from school, according to the news release.
Schools spokesman Donald Porter said he was not in a position to compare the rate of similar incidents this week to past weeks.
Campus police responded to each incident in a timely manner throughout the week and are continuing their efforts on the district's new safety initiatives, Porter said.
"The safety of students and staff remains the district's top priority," he said.
To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 744-4331.
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