A Cobb County grand jury has indicted a former Wheeler High School student on charges he allegedly punched a teacher accused of hitting a 14-year-old student.
The grand jury on Aug. 2 indicted Dante Jaquawn Walker on one count of battery upon school personnel in connection to the February altercation that came to light after a parent said the teen struck the teacher after the educator punched his child. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is not identifying the teacher because he has not been charged with a crime.
According to Channel 2 Action News, the father of the younger student said the altercation began when a volleyball was knocked out of the teacher’s hand during gym class. The father said his son told him the teacher “turned to his side and popped him.”
Walker, 19, was arrested for punching the teacher following the first alleged encounter, but the father said the older teen was just standing up for his son.
The Cobb County School District said at the time that it was investigating reports that the teacher struck the 14 year old, but was unable to provide more details since it was a personnel matter. A district spokeswoman said the teacher is still employed by the school system, but the student is no longer enrolled in the district.
Walker was booked into the Cobb County jail and released on a $7,500 bond. However, he was arrested again July 4 on charges of felony possession of marijuana and obstruction. His bond was revoked and he remains held at the jail. Court records show no date for his arraignment has been scheduled.
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