• Mom allegedly pepper sprays students jumping her son at Atlanta school

    By: Audrey Washington , Tyisha Fernandes

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    ATLANTA - A parent is facing charges for allegedly pepper-spraying high school students at school.

    The fight was right in front of the New Schools at Carver in southeast Atlanta Wednesday morning.

    One student was transported to the hospital.

    Video of the fight was posted on social media, and one parent told Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes she thinks that’s part of the problem.


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    “It’s like a war zone,” the parent said about her son’s school. “It's crazy.”

    The mom says her son was jumped in the brawl. She says she’s tired of her son constantly getting jumped at school.

    “It’s not gonna go away. These kids, they fight each other and videotape it,” she said. “I don't want my son hurt, hospitalized so you can be entertained.”

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    Atlanta Public Schools says Shawanda Favors, another mother at the school, pepper-sprayed a crowd of students during the fight. Students told Fernandes she did it because several students were jumping her son.

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    APS sent Channel 2 Action News a statement that says, "The parent was apprehended by the Atlanta Public Schools Police Department and charged for her inappropriate conduct. Four students were treated and one student was transported to the hospital. The campus has resumed normal operations. The APS Police Department is investigating this matter."

    Favors spoke to Channel 2's Tom Jones on Thursday and defended her actions.

    Students say they don't blame Favors for spraying students.

    “She was just trying to defend her son. They were really assaulting him; she did what she had to do,” one student said.

    Fernandes asked students if they were scared to come to school and most of them said yes. They say they would like better security at school.

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