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03/29/05

Schools Mull Security Following Attacks

Groves High needs funding for security measures. Groves High needs funding for security measures.

Two Beach High School students clashed today, and before it was over, one had cut the other. Campus police say, around noon a student cut a tenth grader on the ear and neck with a box cutter. Paramedics took the student to the hospital. No word yet on his condition.

Police arrested the other student for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on a school campus.

Police are also still trying to find out who attacked a student in the bathroom at Groves High School yesterday. The school is located on State Route 21 in Garden City.

The principal is trying to be as proactive as she can, but it's a tough job with teenage students and an open campus right on a major road.

By the looks of things, everything was back to normal at Groves today. Students were laughing, and hustling to their next class.

But the school's principal, Dr. Lucy Phillip, is still a little on edge. "It's too bad, we just all need to be cautious and aware of our surroundings," she said.

On Monday, someone attacked a 15-year-old student in the bathroom. She says a boy--possibly and intruder--pushed her against the wall, banged her head on the toilet and ripped her shirt.

The principal has been trying to get security cameras for the hallways for two years now. But Chatham County voted against a tax that would have paid for them.

Dr. Phillip would also like to put up a fence around the school to keep intruders out. Until they can get the money for those projects, they are requiring all students to carry school ID cards.

The principal is also asking students to only use the bathroom during passing periods, but if a student has to go during class, they have to bring someone with them, because it might not be safe to go alone.

Dr. Phillip says going to school isn't the same as it used to be. "I'd like for this to be a place were people feel comfortable all the time, but it's also a little reflective of society."

She's confident things will improve. "It's frustrating, but in the last 24 hours I'm more optimistic."

Parents, teachers, students have all offered their support. And Garden City police took the initiative to increase their patrols of the area.

Parents have volunteered to help monitor the hallways and there is also talk of holding a fundraiser to help pay for some security cameras.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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