Pepper spray used in fight with parents and kids at DeKalb school

Redan High (Facebook photo)
Redan High (Facebook photo)

DeKalb County school police had to use pepper spray to take control of a large fight involving as many as eight adults and students at Redan High, according to a newly-released report.

The report sheds new light on the dramatic incident last Wednesday, in which one of the participants was said to be armed with a handgun. The melee happened during school hours, at about 10:30 a.m., in a hallway at the Stone Mountain-area school.

The report, which is redacted in some spots, appears to say that a female student went to the principal's office with her older brother to complain that two brothers in her class called her a derogatory name. The brothers also allegedly said they would slap the girl.

The mother and uncle of the girl soon arrived and an assistant principal was asked to call in the parents of the brothers who'd been giving the girl trouble.

When the boys' parents arrived, the assistant principal attempted to have a sit down with the two sides and calm the tensions, but a fight erupted in the hallway.

After pepper spray was used to get the situation under control, four adults and four school-age participants were arrested, charged with fighting and disrupting a school. One of the adults, Steven Greene, 34, of Atlanta, was also charged with a felony count of carrying a gun into a school.

DeKalb County Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson said the district intends to help see the incident "prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

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