A South Cobb high school student punched a teacher in the face after he was asked if he’d completed an assignment, according to police.
The incident happened on Aug. 5, the third day of classes in Cobb County, and an arrest warrant was secured Monday. Jaden Allen Chang, 17, was charged with simple battery and surrendered Monday afternoon, jail records showed. He was released hours later on $1,000 bond.
During a morning class, a teacher asked Chang about an assignment, leading to the alleged violence in front of other students and another teacher at the Austell school, according to an arrest warrant. Cobb school system police investigated the incident.
“Chang stood up out of his seat and started cursing at the teacher and then started punching the teacher in the face area knocking his glasses off to the floor and causing swelling around the left eye,” the warrant states.
Though classes have only been in session a few days in metro Atlanta, there have been several incidents involving violence and weapons on campus.
At Walton High School in east Cobb, student Ty William Holder, 17, walked into class drunk and carrying alcohol on Aug. 6, his arrest warrant states. Holder blew a .216 on an alcohol breath device, police said. He threatened to kill an assistant principal and kicked him so violently the administrator needed medical treatment.
Then Holder said he'd "get a gun and come back and kill everyone," the warrant says. The teen also kicked and spit on a police officer while threatening multiple times to kill them both, the warrant states. He was later arrested.
On Tuesday, a weapon spotted at DeKalb County’s Stephenson High School prompted an evacuation while officers searched the school. A juvenile was later arrested in connection with the incident.
And Friday morning, Wheeler High School in Marietta was temporary on lockdown after a student brought a weapon to campus and made threats, according to a school district spokesperson. The student, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested.
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