Christian Scaff, a 14-year-old Forestview student, was logging on to his computer at his desk before his English 9 class when an angry student approached him on Thursday. The student claimed that Christian was talking behind the student’s back, according to Christian.
“Just saying stuff that’s not true,” Christian said. “That’s when it all went down. He came up to me, tried to hit me and I was trying to call my dad.”
*Explicit language* Student attack at Forestview High School on Jan. 28
Forestview High School student attacked by another student on Jan. 28
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In a video of the brawl published by Christian’s father, Eddie, on Facebook, the student punches Christian in the back of the head. Christian falls from his chair onto the floor, and the student continues punching and shoving Christian’s head into the classroom floor.
While the video lasts only 20 seconds, the attack continued uninterrupted and without intervention for more than two minutes. During that time, the class teacher, Teresa Jarrett-Hague, wasn’t in the classroom.
Gaston County Schools spokesman Todd Hagans said Jarrett-Hague was visiting the school’s front office during the attack.
“It’s against protocol,” Eddie said.
Jim Jacobs, father of 15-year-old Forestview student Ashley Jacobs, called Forestview High Assistant Principal Josh Bromley last week to warn Bromley that a fellow student planned to fight Ashley on Monday during Ashley’s history class. Those calls were never returned, according to Jim.
Ashley also attempted to warn Bromley of the planned attack on Monday, but Bromley sent Ashley to history class without administrators or a school resource officer, Jim said.
“Five minutes later, my daughter’s getting attacked. No regard for the safety of the kids,” he said.
*Explicit language* Student altercation at Forestview High School on Feb. 1
Forestview High School student attacked by another student
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The student who threatened Ashley followed through with her plan and attacked Ashley while she was sitting in the history classroom during a class break. The student wasn’t enrolled in the class but walked in with ease during the class change because teacher Robert Combs wasn’t present, according to Jim.
In a video of the fight shared with The Gazette, Ashley and the other girl fight each other for about seven seconds when Combs walks in. He says to the other girl, “What are you doing in my room? Get out here now.”
Hagans said Combs was visiting another teacher’s classroom during the altercation.
Both Eddie and Jim don’t understand why the teachers, or at least an adult supervisor, weren’t in the classrooms at the beginning of the altercations, and after Christian was attacked, why administrators didn’t take steps to better protect students.
“Something’s got to happen,” Eddie said. “Why would you not pull your staff together and say, ‘don’t leave that room with kids in the room’?”
Jim questions whether or not to send Ashley back to Forestview.
“Is my daughter safe to go back to school once this girl’s suspension is over?” Jim said.
“I thought the school system has zero tolerance for bullying. If that isn’t bullying in that video – when a kid is sitting at her desk and all of a sudden someone comes in the classroom they’re not supposed to be in and starts hitting – what is?” he continued.
It’s unclear whether or not any students will be charged, but Gaston County Police officers are involved in both incident, azccording to Hagans.
Gaston County Schools defines bullying as threatening communications or acts that “places a student or school employee in actual and responsible fear of harm to his or her person or damaged to his or her property” or “creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits.”
Student conspiracy and physical abuse of a student also go against the school district’s code of conduct.
“We realize that classroom supervision is important and the presence of a teacher/adult may deter a fight or another incident from happening; however, we cannot assume that it would prevent such an incident. The school is addressing the issue with the two teachers related to classroom supervision,” Hagans wrote in a statement on Tuesday.
“The school is reviewing classroom/student supervision expectations with all staff.”
You can reach reporter Gavin Stewart at 704-869-1819 or on Twitter @GavinGazette.