JAMESTOWN, N.C. — A student attacked a school administrator Wednesday at Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, according to Guilford County Schools.
School leaders said the student will face disciplinary action in accordance with the school district's policy. According to the student handbook, an assault by a student on an adults will result in a 10-day out of school suspension and law enforcement will be called.
GCS leaders said a teacher called for an administrator Wednesday to get some assistance in the classroom. The administrator approached a female student to try and help them and the student then punched the administrator, according to GCS. District officials said a School Resource Officer was coming to the classroom and tried to escort the student away but he student then punched the SRO. The SRO was then able to get the student to the ground and escorted her out of the classroom.
A district spokesperson said it will be up to the Guilford County Sheriff's Office as to whether there is any criminal consequences against the student.
The grade level of the student is unknown at this time, but they were not injured. The administrator did sustain injuries but is back at work.
"The first thing that goes through my mind is that violence in our classrooms is not acceptable in any way," said Mike Richey, the executive director of emergency management for GCS.
Richey said one of the things that the district will continue to do to avoid these kind of situations is to provide mental health support in the form of guidance counselors.
"The number one thing we need to do is recognize what’s going in our school and in our community because we are a microcosm of the community," said Richey. "So first of all we need to understand that there are some pretty severe mental health issues as a result of the pandemic and this is community wide."
GCS leaders said it takes the entire community to make sure their schools stay safe.
"The number one way you can help us as by helping us build a relationship with our children and our children building relationships with us because nothing is going to keep a school safer than having a strong relationship between the students and the trusted adult that they work with," said Richey.
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