Rockdale County

Metro Atlanta teacher accused of body slamming student, knocking him out

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — A teacher is out of a job and facing a simple assault charge after he body-slammed a student while trying to prevent a fight.

Edward Senter also serves as athletic director at Heritage High School in Rockdale County.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes obtained video on Wednesday of an incident involving Senter back in December.

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The video, which Channel 2 blurred because many people involved are minors, shows a coach at the school trying to stop an out-of-control student from fighting another student.

When Senter came down the hall and saw what was happening, he grabbed the out-of-control student and slammed him to the floor.

Senter was fired, and has now been arrested by Rockdale County deputies and charged with simple assault.

Fernandes reached out to Senter, but did not hear back from him.


Parents told Fernandes they are tired of all the violence at Heritage High School. Last week, Channel 2 told you about a student attacking a teacher and leaving her unable to walk.

Many parents are questioning what kind of parenting is going on at home.

“The parents are being friends instead of being parents. There’s a lot of fights here every day and it’s ridiculous. It makes no sense,” said parent Cora Wilson.

Fernandes requested an interview with Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Oatts, but was denied.

However, when Channel 2 asked a district spokesperson how can parents feel safe when their kids are at this school, they said they have a weapons detection system, plenty of surveillance cameras, clear backpacks for all students and more school police on campus than they did last year.

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