Dudley High School Teacher Assaulted By Female Student

11:22 AM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. -- We know you are still interested in what happened at Dudley and today, News 2 is continuing to dig for answers.

Guilford County Schools and Greensboro Police confirm Dudley High School teacher Wole Ajala was attacked by 17-year-old female student Khavasia Vaughn. Vaughn is charged with disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, and felonious assault on a school administrator.

Ajala was transported to the hospital so doctors could treat his injuries. He has since been released.

People who know Ajala told WFMY News 2 he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He moved to America from Nigeria about a decade ago.

He teaches math at Dudley High School, but he's also a pastor of The Beautiful Gate Baptist Church, a church that he helped to create.

Dr. Larry Doyle works with Ajala and said he was shocked when heard about what had happened to his friend.

Quintin Trent, the Director of School Safety and Security for Guilford County Schools said, "It's a rare incident. This is the first time something like this happened this school year. We encourage our parents to work with our staff with the administration team to ensure that we have a safe climate at Guilford County Schools. There are measures in place that we train our staff and our faculty for, so when incidents do happen, they are prepared."

School Resource Officer JT Lance is stationed at Dudley High School. Officer Lance told News 2 he responded to the assault as soon as he was notified. Officer Lance also stressed these kinds of incidents are rare.

 

Statement from Guilford County Schools Chief of Staff Nora Carr

A student assaulted a teacher at Dudley High School yesterday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. The teacher required medical attention and was transported to a local hospital. Disciplinary consequences for this kind of behavior are swift and severe. While student privacy laws prevent me from sharing what is being done in this specific situation, I can tell you that the punishment ranges from a minimum of a 10-day out of school suspension to long-term suspension, assignment to an alternative education setting, etc. In other words, we take this very seriously.


As is done in any situation involving a serious disciplinary infraction by a student, the school will conduct its own investigation into the matter; findings will play a role in any long-term consequences for students. In keeping with state law, students can only be suspended for 10 days without a hearing for an assault on school personnel.

 

We will not share results of the investigation or any findings due to state and federal privacy laws governing the release of information about students and staff. We do not release information about our employees' medical conditions due to HIPPA.

For information regarding the police investigation or any criminal charges/legal consequences, please contact the police department.

For more information on "Rule 19" violations, go the GCS website (Board tab, then Policies, then Student Code of Conduct): Student Discipline JD . JD-P

Given that we have roughly 73,000 students and 10,000 employees, assaults on school personnel are relatively rare, especially assaults requiring medical attention and/or transportation to a medical facility. However, one assault is one too many. To see the latest student discipline report (covers 2011-12 school year) shared with the Board of Education (August 30 meeting) go to: Safe Schools and Character Development Update

As you review this data, keep in mind that the assault on personnel category is rather broad.

Some news reports have characterized the teacher as a substitute teacher. The teacher was being paid as a substitute pending completion of all teacher licensure requirements, which were recently completed. This was the permanent teacher assigned to this particular class. (Not sure if this matters, but wanted to share it with you.)

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