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September 16, 2012

Bad week for Bibb schools amplifies the need for quick intervention

The Bibb County school system had a spate of incidents last week that could make your head swim. On Monday, a 17-year-old alternative school student brought a box cutter to school and attempted to scar another student’s face. On Tuesday, two fights broke out at Westside High School that were serious enough to have five students ranging in age from 16 to 18 arrested. On Wednesday, a Weaver Middle School student brought a gun to school and was arrested, and Friday bond was denied the 14-year-old seventh-grader. Also Friday, shots were fired near a school bus stop causing Westside, Weaver and Morgan Elementary School to go into a heightened state of alert. Fortunately, no one was injured. With good police work, two suspects, both 16, were apprehended Friday afternoon. According to police reports, at least one of the pair has had issues with the law before. Police tracked her via her ankle monitor. And, to wrap up a horrendous week, another 16-year-old Westside student was found to have brought two knives to school.

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