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Teacher hurt in school scuffle

Feb. 14–Two students were charged with assault and battery and a Waccamaw
Middle School teacher was injured after a scuffle at the school Monday.

The incident is the second time this month that a student was charged after an
incident involving school employees, according to reports filed at the
Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. A 17-year-old Waccamaw High student was
charged with disorderly conduct Feb. 1.

Monday’s incident at the middle school began after a teacher overheard the girls
arguing about something that happened over the weekend on the social networking
Web site, police said.

The teacher tried to calm the girls by taking them outside the classroom, the
report said.

They were going back to the classroom when words passed between the girls and
the two began walking toward each other, police said.

When the teacher tried to push the girls apart, she fell to the ground, hitting
her head, police said.

The 58-year-old educator said she had a headache after the incident, which left
a large bump on her head.

The girls were charged with assault and battery and turned over to their
parents, police said.

School officials could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

The Feb. 1 incident at Waccamaw High School started after the school resource
officer heard a commotion near the front of the school.

Brett Mullis, 17, was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he
threatened to fight a school resource officer, verbally assaulted two school
principals, then led police on a foot chase. The deputy saw Mullis arguing with
the principal and assistant principal, according to police.

"Mullis approached the principals and asked them where the school resource
officer was because he was going to ask him to take his badge off so they could
fight," said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Neil Johnson.

Johnson said the principals told Mullis to calm down, but he then used profane

He kicked the school’s front door open so he could leave, Johnson said. Mullis
continued to walk away from the school, despite the deputy’s attempt to stop
him, Johnson said.

Johnson said Mullis ran away from the sheriff’s deputy, off school property and
through the True Blue Condos parking lot. He was captured and arrested just
before other sheriff’s deputies arrived, police said.

He was suspended and could be expelled for making threats at school, according
to Georgetown County School District officials.

Johnson said neither Mullis nor the deputy was injured.

Title: Teacher hurt in school scuffle: 2 students charged with assault, battery
in Monday incident
Authors: Marshall Fuller, Kelly
Source: Sun News, The (Myrtle Beach, SC); 02/14/2007

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