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Athens Drive assistant principal attacked while breaking up fight

Posted September 11, 2012

— Raleigh police said Tuesday that they plan to charge an Athens Drive High School student who allegedly shoved a school administrator into a plate-glass window during a lunchtime fight.

Steven Miller, an assistant principal, was taken to a local hospital around noon Tuesday after he was injured while trying to break up the altercation.

He was treated and later released.

Investigators did not identify the student or say what charges might be filed.

Students said there were numerous fights within about 15 minutes and that Miller was trying to break up one of those, near the cafeteria.

Sophomore McKenzie McCarthy said a student grabbed Miller's shoulders and shoved him into the glass.

Athens Drive High School Assistant principal injured in lunchroom fight

"To see him just manhandled like that, it was really scary," she said. "It's like something that happened right in front of you, and your principal is harmed, and you're like, 'What are you going to do?'"

Mike Charbonneau, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, said school administrators are looking into what started the fights but that none of them appeared to be related.

"Safety and security is the top priority for all of the students in Wake County, and anytime an incident happens, our security staff has procedures and protocols in place," Charbonneau said. "They jump right in to ensure that all students stay safe in the process."

Charbonneau did not say what disciplinary action might be taken against students.


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  • Grandpeople Sep 12, 2012

    Take all the kids that are not one bit interested in learning and put them in an Academy. That way their little feelings won't be hurt. Put police on every floor and arm the teachers with hand guns for their protection. Discipline will be having them beat each other to a pulp. Let the Best/Worst future criminal win. Then give them a diploma. We will then have prepared them for their new world - career prisoner.

  • ICTrue Sep 12, 2012

    The trouble makers are emboldened because the administrators are weak. They are most likely the result of bad parenting and have never had to face any serious consequences in their lives. They are the future convicts of America and they might as well just start now.

  • acc_rules Sep 12, 2012

    Gangs and whigs. Kick them out on the street. We need someone to pick up our trash, pick our crops and perform other no-education jobs anyhow. Maybe then we can stop winking and complaining about illegal immigration.

  • sbr1963 Sep 12, 2012

    "Safety and security is the top priority for all of the students in Wake County, and anytime an incident happens, our security staff has procedures and protocols in place," Charbonneau said". An absolute crock. There are actually laws that an EC child cannot be suspended for more than 10 days. I found a knife on a kid and they didn't miss 1 day of school. School administrators are petrified a parent will go to the board if little johnny or sally get suspended.--Herecomesthetwister

    Well, maybe it is time for the parents of the students who want to be at school to go to the school board and make some noise for disciplinary changes. If they principal's won't properly punish the offenders, maybe the principals need to go. It is time for parents to get involved in get the necessary changes enacted. Apparently principals don't want their suspension numbers to look back. If that is the case then how can we be sure our children are safe?

  • Wiser_now Sep 12, 2012

    Suspension does not work. Take away privileges. Sports, clubs, extra-curricular activities, field trips and even certain food items in the cafeteria can be eliminated. And let the students know that these things are lost because behavior indicates they were not earned.

  • seenbetterdaze Sep 12, 2012

    Senator Jess Helms predicted this would happen in our once Great Public Schools many years ago...way back in the 60's.
    He had Common Sense, which is rare these day. The Liberal/Progs have had their way! They have DESTROYED our Public Schools. The USA now has to import Doctors, Engineers, Scientists because our own kids are not being taught enough to qualify for University. Excellence was tossed out just to try to teach Equality of Outcomes...everyone Loses! Dumbed down courses don't help anybody's kids.

  • Wiser_now Sep 12, 2012

    Alot of the trouble in the schools stems from the fact that the students and parents are not held accountable. Everyone thinks teachers should be able to make the kids learn and behave. But the teachers and schools are not given any power. They can't hand out the true grades kids earn (it might hurt the kiddies' "self esteem"), they can't search lockers (even though the lockers belong to the state/county), they can't discipline (how dare they remove my sports-star from the team), they can't tell the parents they've found out the kid is uing drugs because of "privacy" laws.

  • seenbetterdaze Sep 12, 2012

    These kids need to be arrested and put in Jail for attacking the Principal. If they ever do grow up and want an education let them do it for themselves. Now Education is the LAST thing they want. School should be for the kids who WANT it. And their Parents are responsible for teaching them how to behave no matter Where they ARE. Education does not rub off on kids, they must participate in learning how to READ and Write.

  • iwannareply Sep 12, 2012

    This is where suspension stops and criminal records start.

  • thewayitis Sep 12, 2012

    The kids who did this should be suspended for the rest of the year. Tough love is what they need.