Two female LHS students were tased yesterday by SRO Billy Mullis during lunchroom fight. They’re reportedly both juniors.
Student-shot video of the incident is unfortunately too short to get a lot of context on the fight. According to an eyewitness, Officer Mullis yelled “break it up” twice before the clip begins, and the girl in purple was the only one tased.
LU contacted Officer Mullis and LHS Principal Culberson for a statement on the incident. If they add anything to this, it’ll be posted on LU Facebook and shared here next Monday.
As of 10 PM on Friday May 24th, neither Officer Mullis nor LHS principal Culberson have responded to LU e-mails. However, LPD chief Benjie Clift and School Superintendent Raines have both made comments to local media saying the tasing was justified. Check LU Facebook or Monday’s Daily Update for more details.
- WQCH Radio, 05/23/13: “LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL’S GRAD RATE FOR 2012 IS 74.67 PERCENT. THAT’S BETTER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE AND IMPROVED BY 2.7-PERCENT FROM THE YEAR BEFORE.
- “RIDGELAND HIGH WAS BELOW THE STATE AVERAGE, WITH A GRAD RATE OF 65.45 PERCENT. THAT IMPROVED BY JUST OVER 1-PERCENT FROM THE YEAR BEFORE. ..THE GRAD RATE AT RINGGOLD HIGH IS 83 PERCENT, AND CHATTOOGA HIGH SCHOOL’S RATE IS ALMOST 90 PERCENT.
- “THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THAT GEORGIA GRADUATION RATES HAVE BEEN CALCULATED BY A MORE RIGOROUS METHOD. THE PREVIOUS METHOD GAVE WHAT STATE OFFICIALS NOW SAY WAS AN ‘INFLATED’ VIEW OF GRADUATION RATES.”
Chickamauga and Trion have the highest graduation rates in all of Georgia:
- “Eight school systems posted graduation rates above 90 percent. Chickamauga City Schools and its 112 graduates had the highest rate of 99.1 percent, followed closely by Trion City Schools with its 89 graduates and rate of 98.9 percent. On the other end, three school systems were among those with graduation rates below 50 percent. They were Randolph County with 49.3 percent; Talbot County with 45.5 percent; and Twiggs County with 45.3 percent.
Trion and Chickamauga can poach good athletes/students from the surrounding communities and dump underperformers back into the county systems that surround them… They have some inherent advantages the county-wide systems don’t have; “public schools” with some of the advantages private schools have when it comes to selectivity and exclusivity.
Press release from GA Department of Education touts a 2% rise in graduation state-wide, from 67.4% to 69.7%. Improvement is good, but it still means three out of every ten kids who enter 9th grade never finish school. Georgia now spends $9,253 per student per year.