The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating an assault on a teacher by a student at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School on Monday.
Officers were called to the school about 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to a sheriff's report. The report listed the victim as Kela Sharpton, who is the assistant principal, according to the school website.
Sharpton told officers the male juvenile student was sent to her office on Monday for “behavioral issues,” according to the report. While waiting in her office, the boy reportedly became upset and began throwing chairs around the office and flipping them over.
Sharpton told officers she tried to calm the student down, but that only made him more angry, according to the report. At that time, the student then began to hit and push Sharpton and even tried to bite her, according to the report.
Sharpton and another staff member were able to restrain the student's arms to keep him from striking at her, but he then began to stomp on her feet, according to the report. The officer reported seeing visible marks on Sharpton's arms and red marks on her feet.
The student told officers Sharpton grabbed him by the arms and he tried to get away, and that was when she got the marks on her, according to the report. He added that he did not mean to hit her, and that he only wanted to be “let go and left alone.”
The student's mother arrived on scene and told officers her son has Aspergers syndrome “as well as other handicaps,” according to the report. She added that he is not to be left alone, which the student claimed he was.
The mother is requesting the actions of the school and Sharpton be investigated, according to the report. The student was released to his mother's custody, and the case will be forwarded to the juvenile division.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.
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