Bibb principal's attacker sent to Central State

The man who walked into Burghard Elementary School last week and assaulted the school's principal is under observation at Central State Hospital, Bibb school officials said Wednesday.

Darnell Ke'ondre Taylor, 19, of Macon, has a warrant issued for his arrest for simple battery, officials said.

Nov. 5, Taylor entered Burghard's front foyer rapping, cussing and walking in circles, according to a school system incident report.

The 19-year-old's mother was working at the school as a substitute teacher in a first-grade classroom, the report said.

When principal Lynne Donehoo heard the commotion, she intervened and asked Taylor to leave.

He knocked her to the ground, and she was later sent to the hospital.

Taylor fled the campus, and his mother refused to turn in her son or provide campus police with their address, the report said.

School officials say his mother will not work as a substitute teacher for the school system in the future. She said Wednesday she didn't want to comment about the situation.

"I think it's disgusting a public official has to be confronted in that kind of situation," Superintendent Sharon Patterson said of the attack. "To have someone who has dedicated their life to education to have this happen is incomprehensible."

Donehoo, who is on leave, is suffering from back pain and may need back surgery among having other injuries, her husband, Gary, said Wednesday.

"She is scheduled to have surgery on her left wrist (today)," he said. "This should have never happened."

Taylor is described in the incident report as "mentally challenged."

School officials cite the incident as another need for stronger security in Bibb schools.

As part of an education local option sales tax that was approved by voters earlier this month, the system plans to add building entry controls at 15 schools.

The entry controls would prevent parents and the public from entering school hallways unless they are buzzed in at the front office.

The school system also plans to upgrade security cameras to a digital system with sales tax monies.

Patterson also has asked state legislators for state money to hire more campus police to patrol elementary schools.

To contact writer Julie Hubbard, call 744-4331.