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09/16/04

Student Claims School Principal Injured Him

Beach High School was in lockdown after several fights erupted yesterday. Now one student claims he was caught in the crossfire. Freshman Alfonzo McClendon, Jr., claims the principal grabbed him and slammed him into the floor, leaving him with five stitches in his mouth.

"He put my arm behind my back, picked me up and slammed me on my face,"  Alfonzo told us.

Alfonzo claims he was sent to the office for being late to class, not because he was fighting. But before he could tell his side of the story, he ended up in the emergency room with a bruised hip, a loose tooth and five stitches in his mouth.

Alfonzo's father is not taking this lightly. "We send our kids to school to learn, not get beat up on," Alfonzo McClendon, Sr., said.

Alfonzo does admit he was mouthing off, but his father claims that's no excuse for what happened. Alfonzo's father says he's upset with the zero tolerance policy because he thinks it should apply to everyone who works in the school system and not just students.

Principal Roy Davenport wouldn't speak with WTOC, but referred us to James Harvey, spokesman for the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education, who told us this could be a case of who's telling the truth.

"We don't know if it's true or false," he said.

But campus police have been called to investigate. "Our campus police department is looking to make sure that we have all the facts," Harvey said.

So far no charges have been filed.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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