Orrs Elementary student allegedly brought knife to school

STAFF REPORT ::: An Orrs Elementary School student on Friday, Sept. 29, was allegedly in possession of a knife on the school bus. According to a letter to parents issued by Griffin-Spalding County School System Communications and Partnerships Executive Director Kimberly Willis Green, another student brought the alleged incident to administrators’ attention. “A student aboard […]

GPD: GHS “shoe” fight was not unprovoked attack

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the Griffin Police Department say all four Griffin High School students videotaped fighting in a boy’s restroom Monday, Dec. 7, were voluntary participants. According to Lt. Mike Natale, of the Office of the Chief, the four GHS students fought over a false allegation of stolen shoes. He said the […]

DA: Knife is both a tool and a weapon

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: sheila@the-grip.net Criminal cases against two local students charged with felonies after bringing knives to school will move forward through the Juvenile Court system. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard said the students, a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy — will appear before Judge Ben Miller, who will determine their fate […]

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 […]