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Student, 15, charged in Athens Drive High fight

Posted September 18, 2012

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— Raleigh police on Tuesday charged a 15-year-old Athens Drive High School student with assault in connection with a Sept. 11 fight that injured the school's assistant principal.

The boy's name was not released, but police said he faces a juvenile charge. 

Police also arrested 18-year-old Jameka NyCole Hardy, of Garner, for "engaging in an affray." Two other 15-year-old males were issued juvenile petitions in connection with the fight. 

Steven Miller, an assistant principal at Athens Drive High School, was taken to a local hospital following the fight and treated for lacerations to his back, head and arms. According to police, the student pushed Miller into a plate-glass window in the school's cafeteria.

Students said there were numerous fights within about 15 minutes and that Miller was trying to break up one of them. 

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

"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?'"


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 27, 2012

    Praying for the injured principal. Blessed to hear someone is going to have to stand before a judge for him getting injured.

    Back in my day, all of these kids would have been heartily paddled, and I still believe that's better than legal charges and serving time with criminals whose crimes are far worse than school fighting to learn from.

  • NCSU84 Sep 24, 2012

    Dr Miller knows martial arts. Good thing he kept his cool nad did not retaliate! Not sure I would...

  • 2xMom Sep 19, 2012

    jlh4jdj, I do agree with what you just said, however as I read your prior remark,it sounded to me like all IEP students were being lumped together. If you do know about IEPs, then you'll understand that these students face enought of a difficult time without being lumped in with behavior problem kids. So, we're on the same page, just if you'd clarify a bit more what IEPs your speaking of Moms like me would appreciate it. There certainly is a difference in expectations for the students based on the type of IEP and people who aren't familar with them should be educated about that. Thanks.

  • Objective Scientist Sep 19, 2012

    I would hesitate to "label" him as a true student... this young man and others like him need to be REMOVED from our schools. Such individuals need to be in some sort of an "alternate" schooling program in which their "issues" are dealt with directly at the same time they receive at least some elements of an "education". To expose our "true students", teachers, administrators, and school staff to such violent individuals is unconscionable! Some decades ago when I was in high school... if a fight "broke out" - it stopped immediately when an "adult authority" person showed up, be it teacher, administrator, or staff. "Kids" who shove "adult authority" people through glass doors - who are violent to that degree - must be dealt with in a truly significant fashion - "political correctness" aside! My "kids" are now adults, but I would NOT want them in a school, much less a classroom, with such individuals. This is far more than a "minor classroom disruption" - it is an issue of SAFETY for all!

  • jlh4jdj Sep 19, 2012

    2xMom--Actually I know way more about them than you think I do and support IEP uses when students that need them have them. I was not attacking IEP's I was saying that it is another loop hole used by the few bad apple students and parents to get away with everything! These people hurt students who really need them. You should agree with me on this.

  • TimeWillTell Sep 19, 2012

    General Norman Schwartzkopf, who commanded Allied forces during Desert Storm, made an observation about young men who were drafted into military service in the Vietnam era. He said that college-educated recruits responded to logic and high school-educated recruits responded to a common sense approach. But the trouble makers responded to only one thing: fear. Fear, and certain knowledge that, if they didn't toe the line, their drill sergeant would teach them respect in the only language they understood in the dark of night behind the barracks.

    During the darkest days of Vietnam, political correctness began creeping into the NCO and officer ranks, and discipline broke down to the point that officers often feared going into barracks unarmed and unescorted.

    And now we see that same lack of respect and discipline in our schools. My bet is this kid will be back in school, sitting beside your daughter, before the end of classes next spring. Way to go, social engineers.

  • 2xMom Sep 19, 2012

    Regarding your comment "IF a child has an IEP you might as well just assume that they will get away with anything? My son has an IEP because of reading/writting issues and he is held to the same standards that all of the other students in his school are. It is a completely unfair assumption that children with IEPs have behavior issues. Most of them are like my son. IEPs are created for students with accademic concerns, NOT behavioral problems.

  • jlh4jdj Sep 19, 2012

    For all of those saying why didn't the school do more. You must not be aware of all the rules that a school must follow. If a child has an IEP you might as well just assume that they will get away with anything. Lawyers have driven this countries school system into a place where they cannot effectively do anything. I think kids like this should be sent to live at a lawyers house and the lawyer should have to teach them.

  • storchheim Sep 18, 2012

    JKKC, you're picking and choosing types of crime. Blacks are 12% of the population. Black males are about 6%. They commit over 75% of all violent crime.

    Your comparison is of the same type that says whites get most of the entitlement money, while ignoring the fact that there are 7 times as many whites as blacks in the population.

  • iron fist Sep 18, 2012

    andy2 I agree with your post but sadly not all parents care about education for their children.