Students exit DeKalb County’s Ronald E. McNair High School after dismissal. (AJC FILE PHOTO)

Officials: Rapper may have punched student at DeKalb Schools event

The DeKalb County School District is investigating an incident where a local rapper gave an impromptu performance and was accused of punching a student in the face.

Lil Tripp could face charges after his unannounced performance during a Homecoming event at Ronald E. McNair High School Friday evening. The rapper apparently took to a stage and proceeded to make it rain in front of the stage, which caused students to trample each other. At some point during the chaotic scene caused by the falling money, he allegedly punched a student in the face.

District officials said the rapper’s appearance had not been cleared with school officials and that a teacher who invited the rapper could face disciplinary actions for not following procedures.

“School administrators were not aware that a McNair High School teacher invited the rapper,” district officials said. “He was not hired by the school and did not receive compensation. The school's normal security plan was in place, and includes all staff assigned to locations in the gym and at entry and exit points.  

“Any disciplinary action would be handled as a personnel matter.”

DeKalb County School District police would not comment on the incident, saying it was an “active investigation.”

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