MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After a stabbing earlier this week, a second violent incident occurred at Ballard Hudson Middle School on Wednesday involving a teacher. Now, school officials are addressing the incidents.
“You can’t learn if you don’t feel safe so that becomes a top priority for us,” said Bibb County Superintendent Curtis Jones.
The stabbing happend Tuesday in the 8th grade hallway of Ballard Hudson Middle School.
“I believe that’s one of the most dangerous situations that’s occurred since I’ve been here,” Jones added.
Just a day later, a teacher was struck in the head with a padlock by a student in the 7th grade hallway.
“Our information is that it wasn’t intended for the teacher or another student but we’ll wait and see what else comes of that,” Jones said.
Jones says now the district’s focus is taking steps to restore the feeling of safety in school hallways.
“We take it very seriously. We’ve now worked with campus police to ensure that the school resource officers that are stationed here are aware that we have a presence that is seen and visible by students and staff,” he said.
While those two students are facing consequences, Jones says Ballard Hudson is still taking more precautions to ensure safety.
“We have a dean of students at this school. So we not only have the principal and the two assistant principals, but the dean of students who is like an assistant principal as well. Most middle Schools have one hall monitor. This school actually has a hall monitor for 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade,” Jones went on.
Classes met with faculty in the school’s media center on Thursday to discuss the incidents and talk to students about what’s appropriate and what’s not while in the school building.
“Students can’t take matters in their own hands and that became a focal point for the school this week,” said the superintendent.
Jones says the teacher’s injury was very minor–a little swelling to the head. He declined to speak on the status of the student who was stabbed but said, “they’ve been in contact with his family and things are moving forward.”
The school district is still investigating the two incidents. Jones added that they have reason to believe the stabbing was the result of one student teasing the other student.