UPDATE | Mother of student in South Aiken High fight talks about discipline

Published: Feb. 23, 2017 at 7:21 PM EST
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Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford held the sixth and final town hall meeting Thursday night, and one of the biggest issues discussed was discipline.

One parent who spoke at the meeting said, "there are some severe discipline issues that we expect these teachers and these principals to put up with."

Kesha Canionero is the mother of student who was beaten up during a fight at South Aiken High School Wednesday morning, and she said the same issues also occur at her daughters school.

"There is very much a discipline problem at the school, This is not the first fight. Fights happen at the school all the time and I'm aware of it because my daughter goes to the school," Canionero said.

The fight was captured on a cell phone video, and Canionero said it was one video she never wanted to see.

"I can't even explain, I cant even express the feelings I had. I can't," Canionero said. "No mother should ever have to watch that."

She said the fight could have been prevented.

"They had all these students in this cafeteria. Where were the adults, where were the teachers," Canionero said.

Canionero said students who causes these violent problems at school one day should not return the next. Superintendent Dr. Alford brought up the recorded fight that involved Canionero's daughter at the final meeting.

"We are not going to have circumstances like we had at South Aiken High School yesterday that's not going to happen," Dr. Alford said. "It's just not, and if you made a choice to get involved with something like that, you got to go."

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A fight was caught on video at South Aiken High School Wednesday morning. The student who shot the video said the fight started just before school.

Purity Bey's two children attend schools in Aiken County and she said something should be done to stop the violence in schools.

"I think they should be disciplined. I think it's necessary." Bey said. "When I grew up we had a village I couldn't walk down the street and get in trouble without my neighbor calling my aunt."

Bey said it's going to take another village of parents, and school officials, to stop the violence in schools.

"I think parents should attend and be vocal about their concerns in the community, concerns about school, whatever it may be because it's going to take a community effort," Bey said. "It's going to take teachers. It's going to take leadership."

There were 113 fights in Aiken County Schools this fall, according to the school district.

ACPS board member Cecil Atchley said the students constantly involved in the violence need tough love.

"We are not a rehab center, and I think we should help them as much as we can, but when you reach a point then unfortunately they may have to go be expelled," Atchley said.

Atchley said students are their first priority, and the school system accepts all feedback to fix the issues at hand.

Bey said help is what everyone needs.

"Parents need help. Teachers need help. We all have to work together and not point the fingers so much but really figure out how we can really help each other," Bey said.

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