GPD: Atkinson Elementary principal made inconsistent statements regarding alleged child cruelty incident

STAFF REPORTS ::: Officials say inconsistent statements made by Atkinson Elementary School Principal Aveory Allen, interviews conducted by investigators of the Griffin Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and other evidence led to Allen and Coach Derek Wilder each being charged with one felony count of cruelty to children and a misdemeanor count of battery. According […]

Zero tolerance does not equal standard disciplinary measures

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Originally printed in the Sept. 12 edition of The Grip In light of the recent rash of weapons brought to school by students, many in the Griffin-Spalding community are wondering what the phrase “zero tolerance” actually means in terms of policy and procedure within the school system. Student handbooks define zero […]

A tale of two knives, two different punishments

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Originally printed in the September 12, 2013 edition of The Grip.  Two children prepared for school on Tuesday, Sept. 3 by purposefully packing knives to take with them.  Both were 12-year-old Griffin-Spalding students and were later caught with the knives, but the similarities of their situations end there. One incident occurred […]