Parents say Glenn Hills fight not caused by students

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

News 12 First at Five, September 5, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Four Glenn Hills High School students won't be returning to school tomorrow.

Andre Mitchell's son is one of them. His son was suspended for fighting. Mitchell says his son wasn't fighting--he was just helping a friend.

"He went to the aide of his friend that was bleeding in the bathroom. He didn't know if he was dying or not, but he knew he was bleeding out of his mouth. The teacher told him to go back to class and when he went out into the hallway--they jumped him," he said.

Jonathon Brown was another student who was jumped. He says the people who jumped them didn't even go to Glenn Hills.

"It's like every man for himself in Glenn Hills. People coming on campus that graduated like 3 years ago and they still let them in," Brown said.

"Glenn Hills needs security and they need to get things under control," said Mitchell.

Jessie Chambers is the principal of the school and he says the students deserved to be suspended.

"I don't think the parents are telling you the truth because students don't walk off the street and fight. Most of these fights that we have here have been students that attend here," Chambers said.

Chambers says he can't allow his school to be disrupted. He says, if he hears of any violence--someone's getting suspended or arrested.

"I'm going to make sure that these students who want to get an education have that opportunity to get that education. I'm not going to let what happened in the community come here and disrupt the school," siad the principal.

But Mitchell says the school is disrupted because the doors are left unlocked, metal detectors aren't monitored and anyone can walk in.

"During the course of the day--yes--you can walk through the doorway. In the morning, people are here checking the doors as students come in. Now if the parents want someone to sit here all day maybe they need to pay more taxes so we can have someone here all day," said Chambers.

Mitchell says his top concern is safety, "When I send my son off to work, I want to know that my son's safety is in care."

But for right now--Mitchell's son won't be returning to school--whether he was fighting or simply in the the wrong place at the wrong time. His son was suspended for 10 days and will attend an alternative school for one semester.

Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden says every school in Richmond County follows the same security rules. He says staff and faculty frequently check the school premises to make sure there are no unwanted visitors inside or outside of the school.

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  • by Concerned parent and citizen Location: South Augusta on Sep 7, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    Parents, students, Principals of RCBOE schools- We have to work TOGETHER, to prevent this from occurring. We cannot lay blame on how much parental involvement or taxes. This is about care and concern. These are the youth who will one day be the epitome of society that will make and enforce our laws. We are all to blame. The public school system is only as good as WE make it. Report problems to the proper authority. Everyone has a supervisor. I look at the drop-outs hanging around the school campus and the recreation centers playing ball in the area. Parents lying, Principal Chambers? Let's take more walks around our lovely school. Students, someone fighting, use those fingers and dial the deputy. Parents, make it your business to spot check where your children spend most of their day. Our society is failing and it is OUR fault.
  • by Me Location: Here on Sep 7, 2007 at 05:26 AM
    "Just the facts Ma'am" as Sgt. Friday of Dragnet would say. What we really need in Richmond County is more parental involvement. For the past 20 years I have personally witnessed a decline in parental involvement. My children have attended Richmond County Schools and I do understand some of your frustration with the current situation. We really need more parental involvement. For me here that would be the best remedy.
  • by georgie Location: ga on Sep 6, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    I am a parent from another school We had problems with drugs and violence To solve that problem all parents have to get involved with the schoolthe board and most of all the students From watching the news I see alot from GHH but until everyone steps in and help take control away from the kids and place it back in the hands of the adults things are going to remain unsafe I believe the faculty should look at the students records If there has been no history of violence then I feel the you owe it to the students to listen to their side. All kids don't lie and to pull rank because you are in charge is only pushing our young blacks in jail or the grave We all need to listen to our kids show them that we love them We have a principle that look out for the students not just a paycheck He shows them respect and he has earned their respect Mr Chambers look at yourself Ask yourself do you love your students or you love your pay YOU have to be failing to be on the news all the time Think !
  • by jackie Location: aiken on Sep 6, 2007 at 04:17 PM
    sounds like richmond county to me your goverment sucks why dont you have school badges corrupt people allways wanting more money what the hell is wrong with you MR CHAMBERS do a better job and maybe we would consider more money but not for you over paid ***
  • by Augusta Mother Location: Augusta on Sep 6, 2007 at 01:38 PM
    What you don't understand "me" is the repeated steps I took as a concern parent to PROTECT my child and I was "blown off" like it was nothing. Another thing I failed to mention before is that the School Patrol Officer was not made aware by the principal about the 8th grader that had a weapon pulled on him and that it WAS NEVER REPORTED TO RICHMOND COUNTY!!!!! The school patrol officer was the only one to do anything and that was to have patrol cruisers check so many blocks from the school (to be seen)as a deterent to crime.
  • by Carolyn/Glenn Hills Parent Location: Augusta on Sep 6, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    I know for a fact that students who do not attend Glenn Hills are hanging out on campus. They are there just about everyday when my son is drop off for school, athletic programs, etc. He has also been confronted by some of these boys and has gone to coaches there at school and reported it and the coaches has had to take action against them. So for Mr. Chambers to say that this is not going on, it's showing that he is not involved w/activity on the campus. I know everytime i go to the school, which is frequent, I walk through no problem and has never seen any type of security, including staff. Only staff in office and they just sit there and pay no attention to who is coming in the door.
  • by me Location: here on Sep 6, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    What the vast majority of contributors to this posting are missing, is the fact that Glenn Hills is a PUBLIC SCHOOL. Open to the Public and required by law and board policy to have it accessible. There is no real way to "lock down" a Public School. For years there has been a request at the board of education to complete a fenced in area around Glenn Hills. The response to this request has always been "no". Of course there is a visitor policy on the books, but the physical plant at Glenn Hills is too large of an area for one officer to police. You have to keep the exits open due to fire regulations and the fact that there are students housed outside in portable classrooms. The students need to be able to access the building for class changes and the like. So please stop all this whining about the principal and take action by suggesting a tax referrendum to allow for more funds. How about parent volunteers? I am sure the faculty and staff of GHHS would approve of such.
  • by Jermaine Location: Aiken on Sep 6, 2007 at 11:11 AM
    I truely hate to see things like this continuing to happen there at Glenn Hills. I am a past student there and there were simular situations as well but it seems to be getting worse. It's a same that the principal has to make a comment as"Now if the parents want someone to sit here all day maybe they need to pay more taxes so we can have someone here all day."Your job is to protect those children at all costs, whether taxes or not, it seems as you're trying to make a statement that isn't doing any good.It's too many young kids being thrown out with no education and which opens the avenue of being nothing.
  • by Renee Location: Augusta on Sep 6, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    What a stupid remark by Chambers stating "if parents want someone to sit all day maybe they should pay more taxes". My response is maybe he should do the job he is paid to do and that is run a school that is safe and parents do not fear sending their children each day. If security is the issue then students will take matters in their own hands to protect themselves. Should be a way to keep out non-students but then that would actually take someone checking IDs instead of just standing around looking "busy".
  • by Augusta Mother Location: Augusta on Sep 6, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    I KNOW FOR A FACT! that kids that did NOT belong at Glenn Hills were entering the school. In the parking lot where I dropped off my daughter she would point out the "expelled" students pulling up in their vehicles picking up other students to play hookie. She said this was an everyday thing! Yes I talked to the principal who kept insisting no such thing was happening! Repeated visits to the principal for obvious offenses did no good. I home schooled my children after a weapon was pulled on a 8th grader walking behind my daughter who was walking home from school. Apparently, principals have a phobia about admitting that their school has problems.
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