WARRENTON, Ga. -- A fight between two teenagers at Warren County High School last Wednesday has led to one of the students being jailed and the other recuperating from serious injuries at home, authorities and school officials say.
Bond since has been denied for the suspect in the case, Shadarian Jackson, of the 4000 block of Atlanta Highway, Warrenton. Mr. Jackson appeared before a Warren County magistrate judge last Thursday, where he was informed of the charge against him and that he a right to legal counsel.
Mr. Jackson, who originally was charged with battery, since has had the charge upgraded to aggravated battery, jail records show. Following his arrest, he was taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson.
The suspect is accused of causing bodily injuries to a 15-year-old student.
Warren County School Superintendent Carole Jean Carey said the two students had been verbally bantering most of the day at school last Wednesday. The two earlier had been separated in a classroom because of talking.
As the bell rang, sounding the end of the school day, the two students were seen leaving a classroom.
Mr. Jackson later grabbed the younger student from behind in the hallway and began choking him. As that was occurring, the victim fell to the floor face first.
The fall caused the younger student to lose several teeth. He also received lacerations, as well as bruises.
The student was treated at the scene by personnel with the Warren County Emergency Medical Services and then taken by ambulance to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta where he underwent emergency surgery in the Dental Department.
He was discharged from the hospital last Thursday.
A disciplinary hearing is expected to be held soon for Mr. Jackson, Mrs. Carey said.
The standard practice involving students charged with violent acts that are regarded as felonious is not to allow the offending student back into the school system.
She called the incident an isolated one, noting that school system officials will not tolerate such behavior.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: WTHO News Director Donna Branch contributed to this news story).