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School District Supports Criminal Charges of Disruptive Students at Pep
web posted October 10, 2012
JOHNSTON – At least seven students have
been charged or referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in
complaint form following a fight following last Friday night's
Homecoming Pep Rally. As the students were moving to the busses a fight
broke out between two set of students. As the four began fighting three
others taunted them and then obstructed Principal Jill Jett and Asst.
Principal Louis Scott from breaking up the fight.
According to an incident report, the juveniles were cursing and
refusing to back away from the area. Deputies arrived moments later and
took control of the scene.
One of the four in the initial fight included 17-year-old Jermaine
Turman, who was found to have an outstanding Magistrate Court bench
warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and has been charged with
assault and battery in the second degree and disturbing school in
relation to the fight. He was released on a total of $7,000 in personal
recognizance (PR) bonds on Saturday.
He is not to return to school until a discipline hearing can be held,
cannot have contact with the victims, and must follow a 7 pm curfew.
Deondric Demetric Mathis, 18, was charged by ticket for assault and
battery in the third degree and disturbing school due to needing
medical treatment following the fight.
17-year-old Gavin D. Plair was also charged with disturbing school,
according to online court records. Another 17-year-old was also charged
with assault and battery in the third degree and disturbing school;
however, his information was not listed in court records as of Tuesday
Three 16-year-olds were referred to DJJ with complaints and charges on
one of the three.
Edgefield County School Superintendent Greg Anderson said, “We cannot
and will not tolerate this kind of behavior. Parents and the students
themselves have the right to expect that they will be safe on school
grounds. From a school perspective, we will be recommending that those
involved be expelled from school which means they will not be allowed
back on school grounds for any school function including football
games. We hope that law enforcement will prosecute these individuals to
the fullest extent allowed by law."
Anderson said the small number of students involved do not represent
the overall student body who are focused on getting an education, not
causing problems. "Again, there is no room for negotiation,"
Anderson said. "We want to send a message that is loud and clear. If
you put one of our students or employees or guests in fear of their own
safety, we will respond swiftly and immediately with all of the forces
we can bear."
All students are facing expulsion hearings in addition to criminal
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