Nagle answers Harlem fight concerns

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 First at Five, October 4, 2007

HARLEM, Ga. - More than 150 comments on our web site about the Harlem High School fight in just two days.The fight ended with nine students being charged and arrested. Harlem principal Alan Griffin says it started over a girl.

"We believe it might have been over a girl. A disagreement that's been going on for a while," says Griffin.

But viewers tell News 12, it was not over a girl. They say "it was gang related" and that Columbia County is" trying to cover up things."

We took our viewers' concerns straight to Columbia County Superintendent Charles Nagle. He says the fight was not gang related.

"They do not have any reason to believe that any of these students are involved with gangs such as 'the crips...the bloods' and the gangs we here about in Atlanta," says Nagle.

Despite that, many maintain "it is gang related."

"The only thing that I can tell the community is that we do take this seriously, we have no reason to cover this up," said Nagle,"We're fortunate that we've been able to live on our reputation in the past, but we can't continue doing that. In this fight there were no weapons. No reason to believe that anything was premeditated."

The Superintendent joins Harlem Principal Alan Griffin and Columbia County School Board member Roxanne Whitaker in saying the Harlem High School fight was not gang related and that it started over a girl.

"This is what I've been told. If we find out anything differently after they've all gone to court...I'll be the first to go to the media and tell the media and this community," says Nagle.


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  • by Thomas Lay Location: Somewhere far away on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:22 AM
    man this Crap is Wack. why is everyone more worried about grammer mistakes then they are about what happened..Sure it is in the past now but what if it happens again but next time it might involve someone innocent losing there life. I think is is stupid to bother of grammer in a comment if you can not see that there is a real problem in our schools. I am a Student at HHS and I am sure alot of the People leaving comments know who I am but I have one thing and one thing only to say. No one really cares if it was Gang Related they just want to know that when the send there kids off to school that they are going to be safe and that they do not have to worry about kids being shot in the Halls and what not. Seriously I feel the same way. why should I have to look over my shoulder because a Bunch oh idiotic Hulagins want to get into a fight over gangs or a girl not like it really matters anyway, they should have been arrested and they got less then they Deserved in my opinion.oh well
  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2007 at 10:04 PM
    these are posting threads not an essay you suppose to use quotes, codes such as lol, cuz, N, DA to cut down writing time. If you don't post, text, or IM people on the phone or web on a regular basis than language is going to look greek.
  • by BAM on Oct 7, 2007 at 08:32 PM
    IT SEEMS TO ME EVERYBODY MAKING THIS MATTER WORSE THEN WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE MY FIRST FACTY IS WHY IS EVERYBODY TALKING BOUT RACE 2ND OF ALL WHY ARE WE DEGRADING YOUNG CHILDREN HELP THEM CORRECT WRONG USE OF GRAMMAR AND 3RD OF ALL THERE ARE PROBLEM CHILDS EVERY WHERE YOU GO YOU CANT HIDE FROM WHAT IS GOING ON YOU HAVE TO ADRESS THESE CONCERNS IN A GROWN UP TO CHILD WAY AND BY THE WAY IM ONLY 20 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by OLAJUWON Location: AUGUSTA on Oct 7, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    I AGREE WITH THE PERSON WHO SAYS "HOW CAN SOMEONE MAKE CRITICS ON SOMEONES GRAMMAR WHEN THEY CANT SPELL GRAMMAR AND WITH THIS LITTLE FIGHT SITITUATION ITS SHOWS IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE SCHOOLS LIKE GLENN HILLS OR LANEY WITH CHILDREN OFF THE CHAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!11
  • by STUDENT Location: HHS on Oct 6, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    YEAH THIS IS RITE WE R SO ILLETERATE WAT EVA ANI WAI THEY'RE RITE IF DIS IS OVA A GIRL DEN Y DO WE HAVE SO MANY SECURITY???? ASK MR GRIFFEN DAT!!!
  • by micheal Location: richmond county on Oct 6, 2007 at 08:10 AM
    it was the crips and bloods, been talking about the fight for weeks.
  • by . Location: harlem on Oct 5, 2007 at 04:02 PM
    okay, can we DROP this ? i mean yall all heard what they said over the anoucements this afternoon, its over & done with -- it's not gonna be bigger than the shooting way back than so just drop it. & if people at school wont to get in a fight when thier is 20 cops at the school than let them be the stupid ones getting aressted & suspended, its stupid- let's keep on & get all the pep rallys canclled, thats where its leading to i bet.
  • by English Teacher Location: Thomson on Oct 5, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    There are only two comments listed below that are grammatically correct. It seems that the problem is not only in Harlem, but all over the area. English teachers-UNITE!
  • by Freshman Intelligence Location: Harlem on Oct 5, 2007 at 02:40 PM
    I am a freshman that attends Harlem High School and have lived here all my life. Harlem High is a wonderful school that has great students. I am in all A.P. classes and have a 4.0 gpa. Yes, I will admitt that there has been displinary problems this week. There was the clash that took place on Tuesday, October 2,2007. I am not sure what the fight was over, but there are several rumors spreading around school. The administrators claim that the fight was over a girl. "Why do we have metal detectors, soft lockdown, and officers on each hall because thirty guys were fighting over one girl?" are the questions running through my mind. There were more people invovled than the nine guys who were arrested. On Wednesday, my literature class only had eleven students because most parents were scared for their children's lives. On Thursday, we had to report to fourth period before lunch.On Friday, there was a fight between two girls, and Coach Fulford was hurt. Mr. Griffin told us the new policy.
  • by Jennifer Location: Grovetown on Oct 5, 2007 at 01:47 PM
    This is a comment for the HHS STUDENT from HARLEM. Its people like you who turn matters like this into a racial thing. ITs obvious that the people from columbia country know a thing or two about Gangs.. Seeing as how its the PEOPLE who are saying it was Gang related in the first place. I suggest you maintain your education being you can hardle spell a single word in your comment. Ya HEARD!
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