Richmond County schools’ chief asks parents to help curb weapons


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — The Richmond County Superintendent sent a letter to parents on Wednesday after two shootings at soccer meetings and two days of online rumors about school threats.

“Unfortunately, violence and community activity is disrupting our schools,” said Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw in the letter, before reminding parents that bringing guns onto school property is illegal and will have consequences.

“Guns have no place in our schools or on our campuses,” he said, before citing the law it violates and listing types of weapons ranging from pistols to shurikens to stun guns.

In this week, Online rumors of threats at multiple schools drew a crowd of parents to Josey to have their children. In the crowd was a woman who refused to go and hit a security guard, which authorities say led to her arrest.

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Bradshaw noted in the latter that “any student caught bulling, engaging in disruptive activities, or dealing in weapons will have consequences based on the Richmond County Board of Education’s Student Conduct and Disciplinary Code and applicable state law.”

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Students also risk being excluded from all extracurricular activities and sporting events, he said.

“Please talk to your student, monitor their activities and check their belongings,” he said.

A shootout follows the letter No one was injured the Friday before a Laney High School game. A the next day at a Two people were injured at Josey High School’s post-game tailgate party.

After the shootings, there was one Proposed at this week’s school board meeting to assume homecoming activity, but it didn’t work.

Bradshaw’s letter revisits some messages from superintendents from other parts of the CSRA who have imposed new rules on football viewers. Rules range from requiring teens to be accompanied by parents to requiring them to carry personal items into the stadium in clear bags so the contents can be seen.

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Under the new rules elsewhere:

  • in the Burke County, Children under the age of 14 are not allowed into the stadium “unless accompanied by a responsible adult”. Children must stay with their parents during play, and parents are asked to escort small children to and from the restrooms and concession area.
  • at Allendale Fairfax High school games, eighth graders or below must be accompanied and remain with a parent or legal guardian over the age of 21. In addition, all fans must be seated in the stands. Nobody is allowed to walk or stand around during the game, except to go to the toilet and/or the concession stand.
  • in the McDuffie County – Home of the two teenagers arrested in Friday’s shooting – all under-16s must be accompanied by an adult and schoolchildren must be in their seats unless going to the toilet or the food stand. This rule followed a young man who was shot dead off the school grounds in Thomson.
  • Aiken County Schools have introduced what is known as a clear bag policy, which means most items brought to sporting events must be placed in a clear bag. Clear containers must be no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Small bags or clutches must not exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Clear plastic bags must not exceed one gallon size.
  • Jefferson County recently updated its rules to only allow items brought into stadiums to be carried in clear bags so that the contents are visible. In this district, too, all guests must remain seated in the stands during the game.
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