Only on 12: Mother pulls daughter from Glenn Hills Middle after fight, principal says 'I'm sorry'

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A mother says she's afraid to send her daughter back to Glenn Hills Middle School after a fight in her classroom.

She claims the girl needed medical attention and says the school could not and would not answer any of the doctor's questions.

"What I'm saying is I'm not sending my daughter back to Glenn Hills Middle School until they can tell me what happened to her," said Tameka Bussey.

Bussey's daughter came home with a black eye and knot on her forehead on Sept. 25.

"I'm her mother!" exclaimed Bussey. "I'm asking about my child."

She got a standard fill-in-the-blank note saying your child bumped his/her head. The note went on to say, "We want parents to know of any possible head injuries."

But there was no explanation of what happened.

"I have even had the doctor try to call the school and try to get an incident report so she can know what she's treating," Bussey said. "They refused to give my daughter's doctor the statement also."

The doctor took extensive notes complaining the school nurse was "very unprofessional" and said, "I don't know who you are and I really don't care ... I'm not telling you anything."

So News 12 went to school board.

"I have copies of statements that were written," said Director of Student Services Dr. Carol Rountree who refused to release the incident reports and/or written statements. "They are part of an ongoing investigation."

We were able to obtain the reports/statements from the school principal. It turns out every statement was taken on Oct. 2 for a fight that took place on Sept. 25.

"Do you think statements should have been taken on the day of?" we asked Principal Glenn Andrews.

"In hindsight, maybe they should have been," Andrews replied.

Bussey worries about the larger student body.

"They're not filing reports," Bussey said. "They're not getting them [students] the medical attention they need."

"I'm sorry it happened. It is still a little confusing to everybody," Andrews said. "One of the conversations we are having is we are just going to document everything because of stuff like this. We are going to document everything."

Rountree would not comment on a time frame for the ongoing investigation.

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