Extra security at Harlem High School after fight

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 First at Five, October 3, 2007

HARLEM, Ga. - "Faculty, we are on a soft lockdown throughout the day. Do not release students to the restroom unless it's an extreme emergency," Harlem High School Principal Alan Griffin announced over the intercom.

Harlem High School is on lockdown after a fight yesterday involving nine students. Extra officers were at the school, patrolling the halls looking for anything suspicious.

Despite rumors, Principal Alan Griffin says the fight was not gang related.

"It was a fight really between two boys, and we really don't know the reason of it. We believe it might have been over a girl. A disagreement that's been going on for a while," says Griffin.

So, it started with two students and seven others jumped in. All nine were arrested and charged with two misdemeanors: fighting in public and disrupting public school. Five were charged as juveniles and four as adults.

Reid Forzley, Daryl Givens, Rafael Perez and Deshawn Shelton were all charged as adults.

On Wednesday, school leaders were working to keep students safe. Each student was greeted with a metal detector and their belongings were searched to make sure no weapons or dangerous objects were brought on the school's campus. Surveillance cameras were also being used to monitor hallways.

In addition to the extra officers, Superintendent Charles Nagle, Deputy Superintendent Sandra Carraway and Columbia County School Board member Roxanne Whitaker were at the school as well. They say they want students and parents to feel Harlem is a safe place.

"There's a panic in the community," says Whitaker. "Harlem High School is a safe place. This was an altercation that got out of hand and we're going to do everything we can to make sure this is a safe place."


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  • by Kristen Location: Grovetown on Mar 31, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    I was there that day. I think it's ridiculous that they would even fight to begin with. The police were a precaution looking out for even more stupid kids. I think anyone who posted a comment before me is an idiot, who should probably just go ahead and drop out of school anyway. you're not going to school to learn. Why waste your time and other people's money?
  • by boss Location: Evans on Jan 26, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    iiGHT COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION BE ON THAT BULL AS WELL AS THE POLICE. THE POLICE NEED TO RESIGN TO RICHMOND COUNTY WHERE THEY REALLY NEED COPS WHO WANT TO CATCH PEOPLE DOING THINGS AND COLUMBIA COUNTY NEEDS TO LOWER THEIR STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL, NO BODY IS PERFECT, WE ARE ALL HUMAN AND HOPEFULLY THE ONES IN HARLEM ARE TEENAGERS AND ARE GOING TO ACT LIKE THEY ARE. SEE, THAT PRINCIPAL WAS RISKIN HIS/HER LIFE PRETTY MUCH "JUMPING IN" THE FIGHT, OF COURSE UR GONNA GET HURT, WHAT DO U EXPECT?? THIS IS JUST AS STUPID AS ALL OF THESE COPS GETTING AWAY WITH MURDERS. I FREAKIN HATE YALL MAN...THANKS FOR KEEPING ME ANGRY! HAHA. && ALL YOU PEOPLE ON WRDW, THANKS FOR LISTENING TO MY COMPLAINTS.
  • by maquez wimberly Location: florida on Aug 29, 2008 at 03:18 PM
    look i attended harlem and i got kicked out for some bs me and this kid got into it...and an assistant principal tried to break it up...and while he tried to break it up he ripped his shirt not by either one of us...next thing you know im being sent to the dentention center...so harlem been on that ******** man str8 up...
  • by brittany Location: augusta on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    look i didnt go to harlam high i had went to evens high but what is really the deal about the fight was it over a girl or was it gang related they need to cut that bs they are 2 old for that no sence if you know what i mean look i am not trying to say that evens high school was the best either but there was fights there to me iam a black woman and went i was in school i didnt fight over no ***** and iam still not going to fight over no ****** i still thank it was gang related and stuff ppl need to grow up and be grown i wonder what the kids parents are saying about that the kids should be ashamed of them self who ever was fighting but like i sayed lett god be with ypu all
  • by stack Location: augusta on Jan 9, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    fights happen man, stop bein hipacricts and let it slide sometimes i mean cops fight each other all the time in the police force over stupid things, i would know because my uncles a cop. yall are just trying to make money
  • by Geno Location: Harlem on Oct 5, 2007 at 08:33 PM
    Since the staff are lying and so is the Law. We need to have these boys and Mr. Griffin take a lie detector test and also the GBI needs to be called in. The CCBOE needs to place Mr. Griffin on Admin. (unpaid) leave, until the truth is found out. And if it really turns out to be Gang related, then he needs fired for covering up. As this has put our children in harms way. If he would fess up, then the Law could handle it accordingly and things could get back to a somewhat normal range. The searching still needs to go on and the Police remain there. However, I didn't appreciate the teacher that was searching my Daughters brand new $40.00 book bag. And then broke the zipper. And when told about it, just dismissed it and told her to move along. She owes me 40.00. By the way, you check security, before you go inside the building or at the door, not down in the hall. That is like searching a plane on the runway. Is there any "common sense" in Harlem High School.If so, where is it at. LISTEN
  • by Michael Vick Location: Atlanta on Oct 5, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    I heard that CCBOE is hiring Michael Vick to be the Principal at HHS because he is the only person that can control a bunch of fighting dogs. Go Fight Dogs, GO AWAY and stay away.
  • by DISGUSTED MOTHER Location: HARLEM on Oct 5, 2007 at 09:19 AM
    Why does everyone keep coming on here saying "they're lying" "it wasn't over a girl" "it is gang related"...... Do you just want it to be gang related???? who really gives a ripp what is what over? It was wrong and stupid. It sounds like most of you are just watering at the mouth for it to be gang related and wish you were part of it. Yall don't even know what a gang is!!!!!!!!! gang!!! Ganngggg!!!! We should all "gang" up on the "gang" wannabe thugs and eliminate you, clean "our" school back up. The principal doesn't owe you nothing loser and he can handle it anyway he wants to. geeezzzza
  • by crystal HArris Location: harlem high on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:36 AM
    I really dont think that having extra security is gonna solve anything because we are still continuing to fight when police are in the school. there are more fights in our school then there were when there wasnt even any police. Metal detectives arent gonna do anything because they can jus do everything when schools out in other places, like in neighborhoods causing us to be in danger in our homes. so really, to me they're making things worse because the violence is spreading everywhere else throughout Grovetown GA.
  • by Someone who can spell on Oct 5, 2007 at 06:22 AM
    It would appear that instead of fighting over why this incident happened, you would learn how to spell before you go on a website and start posting comments. I am not from GA, but heard about this, and in reading these comments, it would seem to me that education isn't real important to you. It's my opinion that you should just let them fight, they will never do anything productive in society because you are all illiterate.
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