A school fight between a student and an administrator in Jamestown was caught on camera


GUILFORD COUNTY, NC (WGHP) – A Guilford County schools leader is addressing a video circulating on social media that shows an administrator being punched in the face.

“This kind of behavior is not acceptable in our schools, period,” said Mike Ritchie, GCS director of emergency management.

According to Ritchie, it happened in a classroom at Ragsdale Middle School on Wednesday afternoon.

The student is currently under investigation by the school district and authorities.

“It’s very disturbing because it could have been any class,” said one parent of two Ragsdale High School students.

She asked FOX8 not to reveal her identity. She saw the video recording of the incident.

“It’s just devastating and scary,” she said.

The 47-second video showed the high school student standing there yelling an expletive before punching the assistant principal once in the face.

The female administrator steps back, turns, and walks out of the classroom.

“You could hear the sound of the woman being hit in the face,” she said. “It’s just disgusting. It gives me chills.”

Six seconds after a student punches an administrator, a school resource officer tries to put the student’s hands behind his back.

“It also just destroys the learning environment,” she said. “Who’s going to study when you have to worry about things like that?”

The teenager resists being pulled out of the classroom until the video ends.

“It’s just not acceptable,” Ritchie said.

According to Ritchie, the teacher called an administrator into the classroom after the student was having trouble.

“We cannot use violence to solve our problems, however we know that children do not always know how best to deal with their frustrations and problems and therefore violence can lead to this,” he said.

Ritchie told FOX8 the school district is in discussions with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office about possibly filing a juvenile petition against the high school student.

“If we’re seeing an increase in violence in our community, chances are we’re going to see it in schools as well,” Ritchie said.

This year, GCS has increased mental health resources for students to help prevent such outbreaks. Ritchie said parents also play a role

“Guide them to help build a relationship with a trusted adult. Talk to them about the importance of reaching out to people in authority at that school when they see a problem or notice a problem or have a personal concern because that’s the best way we can solve the problems there and then…help protect them. ” he said.

Ritchie told FOX8 the child and parents will be brought into a meeting with school officials about the situation and consequences.

A 10-day out-of-school suspension to a long-term suspension is the consequence if a student threatens or assaults an adult, according to the school district’s handbook.

Ritchie said the administrator is doing well and was back on campus Thursday.

There are no plans to attract additional school resources.

A school fight between a student and an administrator in Jamestown was caught on camera

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