BOE member fighting mad over 'fish fry' comment, responds after bullies send teen to ER

Barbara Pulliam

Barbara Pulliam with the Richmond County Board of Education is doing damage control after initially refusing to comment, saying she was planning a fish fry. (WRDW-TV / April 27, 2012)

News 12 First at Five / Friday, April 27, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- We first showed you the disturbing video of a local middle school student being attacked on school property. A local board of education member refused to respond, saying she was planning for a fish fry. She is talking now, and she is boiling mad.

"I thought it was awful. It was very awful," said Barbara Pulliam with the Richmond County Board of Education. "That should never, never happen to anybody."

The episode at Morgan Road Middle School left Octavia Brown in the emergency room and two girls facing assault charges. Pulliam is doing damage control after initially refusing to comment, saying she was planning a fish fry.

"But we were in the process of raising money for a student to get an education," Pulliam said.

Pulliam says she and volunteers were preparing fish for the annual Robbie Robinson scholarship fund.

She is fighting mad with News 12.

"Because it made it sound like I was going to a backyard fish fry, and I didn't have time to talk with anybody," she said.

Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason said the real problem here is that black-on-black crime is out of control.

"Nobody has a silver bullet, but if we all do a little bit, then nobody has to do a lot," said Mason, who is planning a Stop the Violence rally.

Pulliam agrees and insists she may have been in the kitchen, but she wasn't trying to dodge the heat.

"It wasn't because I didn't want to talk to them or didn't care about students being bullied," Pulliam said. "That's not the fact. Richmond County -- and definitely me -- ... we don't condone bullying."

The fish fry helps raise about $1,500 for one lucky student each year. Pulliam says she plans to look into exactly what happened.

Mason will host a Stop the Violence Rally on Saturday. It will be at Sug Wright's Bar-B-Que at 2364 Barton Chapel Road from noon until 3 p.m.


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