• School fight shows 14-year-old punching classmate in head

    By: Matt Johnson

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    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Two student fights at Discovery High School within a week prompted the school's principal to send a letter to parents asking for their assistance to quell the violence.

    The latest fight happened Wednesday afternoon in a classroom.

    Video sent to Channel 2 Action News shows a 14-year-old boy repeatedly punching another 14-year-old student in the head.

    A school police incident report said the student who was hit declined to press charges.


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    The first fight last week involved a 16-year-old boy body-slamming a 15-year-old student in a locker room while students watched. Charges are pending against the 16-year-old, and the 15-year-old was badly injured.

    In a letter sent to parents Thursday, Principal Dr. Gene Taylor called the fights "atypical" and wrote, "I want to assure you that this type of behavior has not and will not be tolerated at Discovery High School."

    Meanwhile, students said the fights are what every student is talking about at the campus in
    Lawrenceville.

    "It's toward the end of the year," Rezhane Glover, a senior at the school, told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson. "I don't know why kids are getting into fights."

    According to a school police incident report, Wednesday's fight began as a dispute over money. The student seen throwing the punches said the other student had bullied him and also took money and candy from him.

    Gwinnett County Schools could not comment on the exact type of discipline given to the students involved in the fights.

    "If a student knows that an issue may be escalating," Taylor wrote in the letter, "they should report this either to [parents] or to an adult at the school so that we can help address it."

    The letter also warned that students who record fights can be subject to “disciplinary consequences.”

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