Two South Aiken High School students – one who led school employees on a short chase through the building and another who threatened to kill two employees – were detained after unrelated incidents last week, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The first incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to an incident report. A school official told the school resource officer that a student told him a 15-year-old student wanted to fight him. The officer called the two students to his office.
While waiting on the reporting student in the school resource officer's office, the officer tried to talk with the suspect about why he wanted to fight the other student, the report stated. The suspect eventually became agitated and called the officer a “dog.”
The officer later radioed for the assistant principal to come to his office, at which point the student stood up and “started slinging everything on the desk all up in the air” and on the floor, according to the report. The officer wrote that his office looked like a “war zone,” with some items being thrown into the commons area.
The suspect left the office and the officer followed. He tried to arrest the suspect, who jerked away and ran, the report stated. The officer eventually got him on the ground and tried to put the handcuffs on when the suspect again “snatched” away and ran.
The assistant principal and a coach chased the subject, who injured himself while jumping a table. He then ran outside with the two employees following close behind, the report stated.
“Subject 1 finally stopped in the front and sat down laughing at everyone because they chased him,” the officer wrote.
The incident reportedly began because “people were talking” about the fact that the student whom the 15-year-old wanted to fight dated his girlfriend last year.
On Thursday, officers were called to the In-School Suspension – or ISS – portable at South Aiken, where a 16-year-old girl was walking out and said she was going to Walmart, according to the incident report. She had been placed in ISS for disciplinary issues earlier in the day. The student was “taking her book bag off and throwing things down getting ready to fight” when the Public Safety officer arrived, the report stated. The assistant principal said the student was trying to get into the main building, but he told her she couldn't enter.
The female student said she was going to kill the assistant principal and another employee and “piss on their graves,” the report stated. The officer told her to stop and she said she “was going to kill anybody that touched her.”
The student walked outside to the front of the school, according to the report. As additional officers arrived, the student had a tree limb in her hands, which officers ordered her to drop several times. The girl kept cursing and yelling.
Officers were able to detain the girl, who got out of her seat belt and started kicking the windows of the patrol car, police said. She then spit in the face of an officer placing a hobble restraint on her.
It took several officers to “tote” the girl to the booking room at Public Safety headquarters because the girl refused to walk, according to the report. She was booked and released to her grandmother.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard.