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South Aiken High School

Aiken Public Safety officers responded to two separate incidents at South Aiken High last week, one involving an assault of a student and substitute teacher and the other a weapon on school grounds.

On Thursday, an officer responded to the assault call and met with a male student and a substitute teacher, according to an incident report provided by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The student stated, in the middle of class change he was approached by a group of three juvenile female students who started a verbal altercation with him. He stated he attempted to avoid the altercation and went into his classroom.

At that time, according to the report, one of the girls from the group followed him into the classroom and began physically attacking him by contentiously punching him. The other two girls in the group then came into the classroom and joined the first girl in attacking the male student, according to the report.

The substitute teacher then came to the aid of the male student and tried to get the group off of him; once the substitute teacher had gained control of the situation, she instructed the group to get out of her classroom, according to the report.

As the substitute teacher instructed the three girls to leave, the first girl struck her twice in the face with an open fist, according to the report. The substitute teacher reported she was struck once on the left side of her face and once on the right.

The responding officer reported observing severe redness in the areas indicated, according to the report, and obtained witness statements from students and other staff members.

The first girl was charged with two counts of assault and battery third degree, according to the report. She was booked and released to her parents.

The other two girls will be charged with one count each of assault and battery third degree, according to the report.

Gun on South Aiken campus

On Tuesday, Public Safety officers responded to a call that two males were in the senior parking lot at South Aiken High and one had a gun in his waistband, according to an incident report provided by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The officers located the student in the commons area. The juvenile was immediately detained and escorted to the School Resource Officer’s office, according to the report.

Upon searching the juvenile, officers found a chrome and black handgun located on the inside pants leg near the right ankle area, according to the report.

Upon further investigation, the officers determined the handgun was a BB gun, according to the report.

The juvenile male was placed under arrest and transported to the Aiken Department of Public Safety, according to the report.

The second juvenile, who was seen with the first juvenile, was located and searched and interviewed under Miranda rights.

The second juvenile stated, he and the first juvenile were walking off campus to the dollar store. He further stated, as they entered the senior parking lot, the first juvenile lifted his shirt and showed him a handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants.

The second juvenile stated he did not know whether the gun was real or fake at the time, according to the report.

The officers asked the second juvenile why he didn’t alert the school administration, and he stated he didn’t want to be the one to tell, according to the report.

A third juvenile also was interviewed about the incident and having knowledge of a possible weapon on school grounds, according to the report.

The third juvenile stated the first juvenile came up to them earlier in the morning and told them he needed to tell them something. He then advised the third juvenile that an unknown male gave him “the Heat (Gun)” and he didn’t know what to do with it. The third juvenile asked the first juvenile to see the gun, and he showed it to them.

Because the second and third juveniles had knowledge of the weapon on school grounds and failed to report it, they will be charged with misprision of a felony.

An officer was able to obtain written statements along with interviews conducted on a body camera, according to the report.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.