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Message sent to parents after ‘multiple incidents of disruptive behavior’ at Statesboro High

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 11:53 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 at 6:12 PM EDT
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STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - Parents and guardians of students at Statesboro High School were notified of “multiple incidents of disruptive behavior” recently.

A message was sent to parents Thursday night from the principal, saying another incident occurred on Thursday.

In the message, the principal says, “We ask for your support as well. Please speak with your children about the importance of respect, self-control, and personal responsibility for their actions. Our students deserve to come to school and learn in a safe and orderly environment that reflects our community value.”

According to the Statesboro Police Department, the report is incomplete but there were 11 to 12 students involved. Staff are going through video to determine if criminal charges are appropriate. So far, six have been charged - two as adults and four as juveniles.

The Bulloch County superintendent released the following statement to WTOC:

“Disruptive and violent behavior will not be tolerated in our schools. Anyone who fights or abuses others will be dealt with accordingly including removal by law-enforcement if necessary. Our students deserve to be able to come to school and learn in a safe and orderly environment that reflects our community values. If additional measures have to be taken and adjustments made to what we are currently doing to provide for that, then this district will do so.”

One Statesboro High parent we spoke to says she worries about her student being in the “wrong place/wrong time” near a fight like that and getting hurt. Bulloch County’s superintendent says students and teachers should not have to worry about fights like Thursday, and they’re taking steps to make sure they don’t.

School superintendent Charles Wilson says they’re taking this very seriously.

“Bulloch County Schools is not going to tolerate that. Our students, our faculty, our parents, our community deserve better than that,” Wilson said.

He says they’ll work with local police, deputies and others to prosecute cases like this and send a message to other students before they think about getting involved.

“If people fight in our schools, they will be taken out of here by law enforcement and they will be dealt with in as harsh a manner as we possibly can.”

One parent we spoke with thinks families need to change.

“It’s a different generation in the way they’re being raised today. It’s almost like the children are overruling their parents,” said parent Beverly Smith.

Superintendent Wilson says even if the students in a fight are juveniles, he says they’ll face serious, grown up consequences.

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