• Police beef up security after Ch. 2 exposes new threat from school fight

    By: Ryan Young


    ATLANTA,None - There are new alarms after a local student was beaten up in a school classroom.

    Channel 2's Ryan Young showed messages police that led to stepped up security at Westlake High School Friday.

    "Safety of our students of course is of utmost importance. We've seen a couple of emails. We need to verify information, but we will definitely follow up on what we've seen and take swift action," Samantha Evans of Fulton County Schools said.

    The Fulton County School Police Chief and two officers responded to Westlake High School after Young alerted school officials about troubling messages posted on Facebook.

    Some of the messages come from a student who doesn't even attend Westlake.

    "Y'all better make them statements for my boy before I visit Westlake and piece some people up. I swear on my brother's life," one message said.

    "There may be some things that we need to look at and adjust to make sure that we've got the right processes in place," Evans said.

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    Young found the name of the 15-year-old accused of being the main aggressor in Monday's attack in a classroom.

    Other kids are posting messages of support on his Facebook page.

    There's also an exchange in which he threatens one student and tells him the principal can't save him. The student also threatens to blow the school up.

    A fast investigation by school officials discovered a chain of messages that happened before Monday's attack, but they are watching and hope parents are too.

    "They should send some of the Facebooks, if they are seeing that, send it to our school police," Evans said.


    Five students now face felony charges for beating another student so badly doctors had to put a metal plate in his face and wire his mouth shut. His nose was broken too.

    The victim's mother and the family's lawyer have gotten calls from other parents and former teachers.

    "I feel grateful that god put this burden on my family because god knew we were strong enough to handle it," the victim's mother, Meredith, said.

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