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High School increase punishment for fighting

December 6, 2006

Atkinson County - An increase in the number of fights forced one South Georgia school to increase its punishment for fighting.

Atkinson County High administrators say they've seen an unusually high number of fights this semester, especially between girls.

So the Board of Education changed the consequences for fighting on campus. Instead of five days of in-school suspension, students get three days out-of-school suspension and law enforcers are notified.

They hope this new punishment will help make the school a safer place to learn.  "Although education is our business, our greatest concern is a safe environment. Because no matter how great an education program we create for our students, unless there is a safe environment, our students are not going to learn," says superintendent  Dr.  Paul Jones.

A three day suspension for fighting is common in other area schools.

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