10.8 Statement on Incident at Douglass High School


Office of Communications and Public Engagement
130 Trinity Avenue SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Ian Smith, Executive Director
404-802-2855, office
404-603-6934, cell


Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

October 8, 2019

"On Monday, October 7, at Douglass High School, a student assaulted a teacher who was attempting to prevent him from fighting another student, who had allegedly come to the teacher’s classroom to confront the student. An Atlanta Public Schools police officer arrested the student in the teacher’s class, and attempted to place him with the Fulton County Juvenile Detention Center (FCJDC). However, the FCJDC refused to take custody of the student, who was subsequently returned to his parent. The student still faces charges of assault. Additionally, he and the other student are being disciplined in accordance with the APS code of student conduct. The teacher was taken to Grady Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released. The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority in APS." – Ian Smith, APS Spokesperson

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