Three Teens Suspended for Forced Piercing

FAYATTEVILLE, Ga. (WAOK) — Three teens in Fayette County have been suspended from school and face battery charges after they allegedly held down a 13-year old girl and tried to pierce  her belly button.

The incident happened Aug. 26 during lunch period in the courtyard of Fayette County High School.

Fayetteville police Detective Mike Whitlow said the 13-year-old had agreed to let her fellow students pierce her navel but had second thoughts when she saw the size of the needle to be used. The others allegedly went ahead with the procedure.

Other students saw what has happening and told an assistant principal who stopped the attempted piercing and contacted police.

An emergency medical technician checked out the 13-year-old, and she was fine.

One student was arrested as an adult.  17-year-old, Christian Tucker, was charged as an adult with battery, disruption of a public school and piercing the body of a person under the age of 18.

The two other students, both juveniles, also were charged with battery. The 13-year-old victim was also arrested and charged with disrupting school.

Police say body piercing has become an on-going problem on some school campuses.

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  • Moni

    Nice to know that a 17yr is considered an Adult, when you have to be 25yrs old to rent a car in some states because they determined a person has not reached maturity…. Why is a 17yr old hanging out with 13yr old — to me that’s more of a question then piercing: Personally i think its a Gay Club/Gang thing…..?

    Can Gay women be charged with being a pedophile

    • freecheese

      Well, since they’re (the thugs) are just trying to keep her in step with the rest of teens in today’s society, why didin’t they install “bolt-on boobs,”( breast implants,)and Shave her pubes? Then dye her hair blond.(revealing that ever present streak of brown hair roots down the center of her head) Cheek implants, nose rings and and throw in buttox implants.
      It worked for Cher and Madona !

    • Bella

      The 17 year old is probably a 9th grader who failed numerous social promotions.

    • Leelee

      Just how stupid are you? Gay Club Gang thing? Checked the local high schools? I was in 9th grade at 13, most high schools are 9-12. Quit trying to make it anything more then kids being kids. Idiot kids yes, but its just kids.
      The 25 yr old thing is an insurance thing. It has nothing to do with maturity. Good lord, please quit posting your ignorance for all the world to see.

      • Rod Anders

        You are right. Just a kid thing. When I was going to school we had literally 1000s of kids trying to pierce others against their wills. They certainly won’t do worse when they grow up, cuz it’s only a kid thing.

      • GrammerKop

        Would you idiots please learn the difference between “then” and “than”?

      • Kyle

        Turn the name-calling down to “stun” leelee.

      • moni

        LEE Lee
        I am NOT STUPID may OLD 55+ and when a teen age boy tells me women who drive AUDI’s are either Gay or date White boys — I just asked a question…. I never had children nor do I live near a High School to make a clearer judgement…. but I go by what the few teenagers i have in my family and friends kids say…. THEY ARE THE ONES who told me a piercing 99% to them sounded like a Gay Club / Gang thing ….

        Since you mentioned insurance —- why would the same people consider a person who is married a safer driver then a single person…. maybe its the state someone comes from ————— some times ignorance is bliss…. and if your a person under 40 I hope you speck 3 or 4 languages so you will be able to leave the country and find a good job. Thank you for your comment :)

  • Cicel

    In a few years, these “students” will drop out of school , go on welfare, and become brood mares for the next generation of lowlifes.

    • Paco

      Their already on welfare. They just have to establish their own account.

      • Dream Out Loud

        then/than; their/there/they’re; basic English grammar isn’t too much to expect, is it?

      • James Angryjew

        Paco, here is an article regarding English grammar you should read, if you CAN read:

      • Tim

        hint: their does not mean what you think it means.

    • Al

      sad…..but in many cases too true…and then they vote liberal for still more free handouts.

  • Richard Henkle

    So because the victim decided not to do something and was therefore bullied/attacked, she is charged with disrupting the school and arrested? Seriously, what’s going on?

    • Kyle

      I think the idea was that she initially agreed to get a piercing at school. I don’t think that’s in the curriculum.

  • Auric Maston

    She changed her mind. That make this an assault and if it was done anyway. There were more than one of them, so it’s conspiracy to commit whatever b.s charges they throw at them. It’s sad that the only sane girl there ended up getting pinned down and a needle forced through what remained of her unwilling umbilicus. Piercing’s cool if you freaks want to stick a stud in your eyebrow (lolo, freaks!), or lip or nose, or wherever, but honestly you do look freakish and stupid.

    This girl, this victim, demonstrated some sense at the last moment. Good for her! Now, go find yourself some different friends.

    • Hannah

      Just because you choose not to modify yourself in the form of piercings (aside from earrings, I presume) does not mean it is freakish and stupid. That is your OPINION, not fact. By calling others freaks, it is offensive. Modified people are NO different than anyone else. It is what we like, and that really is all that matters. We are fully functioning members of society with jobs and lives. I, for one, hold two jobs with full exposure to people of all ages, and am in the process of saving money to move to somewhere that I can actually afford a degree in education. I have worked in the food industry, retail, an office, and child care. And, lo and behold, I have three facial piercings, three ear piercings, a surface piercing, and four tattoos. Ignorance makes you look stupid, not a piece of jewelry.

      • Allen Ross

        Is that what you call them, “modified people”? I call them freakish and stupid. Someday, I predict, you will agree.

      • Timmy B

        Agreed Hannah. To the others with their ignorance and bigotry; Thank you for your concern about our bodies and how we treat them. I was unaware of how greatly it affected you. I know it looks “freakish and stupid” to you, but I assure you, our opinions will not truly waver on this subject and we feel much different about it than you do. I’m sure when you were growing up, your parents told you the same thing about yourselves and the trends that you followed. Perhaps you have two earrings in one ear (you rebel you). And as to the age comments, I thought the previous generations were about love, compassion, understanding, and open-mindedness. Are those just “Freakish and stupid” trends you followed and now you’re an old lonely codger with nothing left to do in life but troll the internet sites of the world to lash out with your cruel jaded remarks and cynicism? ….. and I’m much older then you think.

      • Jonathan Miller

        “I have three facial piercings, three ear piercings, a surface piercing, and four tattoos. Ignorance makes you look stupid, not a piece of jewelry.”

        No Hannah, that makes you look as if you got into a fight with a nail gun.

      • Shawn

        actually it is not “freakish and stupid” your just too simple minded to understand it, have fun being stupid and ignorant :) and jonathan, i will get a nail gun, shoot you in the face and we’ll see if it looks the same

      • Vina Sestonari

        Did you ever see a National Geographic, where the natives put plates in their lips and stuff? What do you think when you see that?

        That’s how normal people look at you.

      • Luxomni

        Hannah, no matter how hard you try to justify it, your actions were both freakish and stupid. The only questions are how old you will be when you realize it. And whether you were smart enough to keep from showing at sixty how stupid you were at twenty.

      • RedDawg

        Freakish and stupid.

    • Joe

      Yes you are so right – “Freakish and stupid” or stpit for those who speak foreign langauges. That whole tattoo thing is freakish and stupid as well. What are these people thinking?

      • Guess Who

        Yes, freakish and stupid, you know, like the primitive cultures you cite.

      • Crystal

        Wow. Really? People with tattoos and piercings are freakish and stupid? How closed minded are yall? Piercings and tattoos have been found on the oldest mummies and are considered a right of passage in most cultures. To judge someone on there looks is ‘freakish and stupid’ in my opinion. And the girl probably still wants a piercing. She probably had the thought of “my parents will kill me” and wanted to back out. Or she’s lying.

  • Kathy Tobacco

    This is a new beautiful top ranking high school where 99% of the student body graduate and go onto college. Parents fake residency to get their children in Fayette County Schools. These are middle class children and they are not bad kids at all. Something definitely got out of hand but don’t be too quick to judge. I think they were being kids and exercising poor judgment.

  • Dearest Jane

    These were just a bunch of silly kids doing things they shouldn’t be doing. Maybe if we took the time to educate them about body piercing, the importance of cleanliness and safety and why to be patient until they can do it properly this wouldn’t happen. Instead we just tell them “this is bad, just don’t do it”. I am a Professional Body Piercer who is a near straight A student on my way to becoming a Registered Nurse. These kids were not low-lifes they were just being impulsive and dumb. Just because a person has the desire to modify their body does not mean they are less educated or a leech on society. What about breast augmentation? tummy tucks? These are way more dangerous and potentially destructive and it is socially acceptable why? Because we are so vane. At least I choose to make myself look more interesting rather than identical to everybody else and their idea of what “beauty” is.

    • Sol Erdwurm

      This my have been a bunch of silly kids at first, but as soon as the 13 yr old said no, it became much more than that.

      • Dearest Jane

        My intention was to state that this was not gang activity or actions by hood rats. These were foolish kids who are impulsive and have peer pressure as an automatic reaction to one another. As a piercer I see this reaction all the time and she probably will one day get her belly button pierced any way. Trust me I am glad it was not some other kid who knows nothing about performing a safe piercing but there are many worse things kids have done and not been prosecuted for. On NPR one day I heard a story of a girl being gang raped on school property as people watched as if it was some sort of live show. It took someone who was sitting at home and heard from another who had just been there for the cops to be called. Granted this girl has every right to back out on a piercing but this has been taken a bit too seriously when much worse things are not. Also according to the wording it seems like the piercing never even actually happened.

    • JR

      Instead of trying to look more interesting why dont you use your intelligence and be more interesting that way. Talk about being vane, your the one who uses their looks to define how interesting you are, what a joke.

    • James Angryjew

      Jane, let me guess… you make yourself look different (interesting) like EVERYONE else. So while you think you are blazing a trail you are in fact just following in the footsteps of the lemming in front of you.

      Here is an article to mull over while you get your Chinese symbol tramp stamp:

  • Again 12345

    …all those white people.

  • IGetItAlready

    These kids were arrested?
    And yet a short distance away in Florida 3 thirteen year old girls can all but rape an 11 year old boy and be sent home with mom and dad.

    • Dearest Jane

      Exactly my point! ^

  • Lydia Darragh

    Call it an opinion if that makes you happy.

    Keep in mind, though, that it is hard for the rest of society to take seriously anyone who looks like s/he fell face first into a tackle box.

    • Cris

      i think you would be terribly surprised if you had any idea how many people you come into contact with on a daily basis who have piercings, tattoos, or some other form of body modificaiton…

      after having worked in the bdoy modificaiton industry for nearly 10 years as a professional piercer i’ve seen people from every walk of life who come to me wanting some work done. from the corporate lawyer who gets his nipples pierced to the middle aged house wife who has genital piercing work done to ‘spice up her marriage’… and everything else on everybody else.

      perhaps you don’t realize that there’s a very good chance you deal with people every day on a professional or personal level who you’ve just condemned for being ‘different’….. does that mean you will take them less seriously? if you knew that the banker that handles your money has many many hours of tattoos under his suit, would that mean that you would cease to visit that bank? if you knew that the woman you let your children off with at day care had multiple surface piercings under her blouse and skirt, would you cease to leave your kids there?
      why? for fear that the tattooed man would steal your money or that the pierced woman will corrupt your children?

      people, like myself, get tattooed and pierced for many reasons… every one of those reasons is a personal choice that we make for ourselves. I choose to replicate rituals of the Sioux indian and suspend myself from hooks… that action does not, in any way, affect you. but you choose to pass judgement on people who (and by extension, me)…

      if you have your ears pierced, or have had any type of cosmetic surgery, or have even done as little as clipping your fingernails or cutting your hair, you have modified your body…… so, in effect, you condemn people when you are a body modifier as well…
      the only difference here between you and i is the societal difference…. societal prejudice can be bent and broken with time and education…. remember, it was once socially acceptable to make slaves of africans here in america. time and education changed that, the same can happen for the prejudices against the modified community as soon as close-minded people (such as yourself) either die out or become accepting of new ideas.

  • Ryan Mouk

    Lock these rats up and charge them as adults. They knew what they were doing and need to pay the price for their cowardly actions.

  • Lee Devereaux

    Has anyone else noticed that they put a pic of Serena Williams’ belly button piercing on here? How low-rent can you get?

    • stoptouchingthatmabel

      They probably used a nail gun to pierce that.

  • Harlowe Thrombey

    There’s nothing pretty about a belly piercing anyway. A Woman’s belly is beautiful without sticking things that look like fishing tackle into it.

  • stoptouchingthatmabel

    I blame the Canadians.

  • catsie

    as far as piercings and tattoos go, you people are just overreacting!!! i’ve had plenty of piercings when i was a teenager and guess what… they close!!! if you’re gonna wait to get anything it should be a tattoo because the things you liked then may not be what you admire in the future. they are more permanent than a piercing, not to mention are hella expensive to remove. to all the people who think its only a freak/gangster/lowlife thing to do… well guess what… its not. even people you wouldn’t expect to have them actually do…i can’t recall the show, but they showed this man who worked as a head ceo in china who was actually covered from head to toe in tattoos but no one even suspected it because he wore make up to cover the ones on his face and hands. any walk of life can get tattooed or pierced. your body is an amazing thing and will try healing itself. once the piercing is removed it eventually closes.. ive had my eyebrow done twice my lips done 3 times my ears stretched to a 1/2 inch on both sides and a 00 guage above that…no i no longer have my piercings, but you would’nt be able to tell the difference… no scars left or any gigantic holes either … and even if you went to the point of no return with stetched skin, its not like a doctor can’t fix it. most people who stretch their ears too big get them sewn and voila!!! it’s like it never happened. same thing with tattoos… they CAN be removed in this day and age… beside your shallow callous opinions on it, it is an expression of how one feels and not to mention an art form to be honored with/perform. granted, there are idiots out there who are retarted enough to get something rediculous tattood, but that is on them. its not right for us to judge them just because it’s something they wanted to do and expresses what kind of person they are. to each their own… not everyone believes in getting wall art. most of the time people will draw or have the artist draw up something very meaningful to have put on their bodies. it’s not just some stupid picture, its a way for people to express who they are without words. please take precautions with cleanliness though, tattoos and piercings can get infected just like any other wound. that can lead to serious medical problems and life long diseases.(pam and tommy lee for example) be smart about the things that you do, take your time, and don’t listen to other peoples opinions on what you should and should not like. be true to who you are, not what they want you to be. you’ll be satisfied with the ending result. i have 7 tattoos so far and have no regrets. not all tattoos make you look trashy… look at international pin up model sabina kelley. no trashy woman there. just make sure you are aware of what you’re getting into and as for the piercer, young or old, if they don’t want it, don’t force them into it. that is something that is never acceptable.

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  • Yirmin Snipe

    We need some saint with the piercing and tat folks. If you want to do it to yourself, fine. But if you are on welfare then you have to have it all removed because we the taxpayers are supporting you and no one is going to hire some over pierced tatted freak… Well maybe a job pole dancing but then you wouldn’t be on welfare would you?

  • david

    good ole fayette county high. FPD is gonna through the book at them. gonna get some jail time for this for sue

  • Hank Warren

    Diversity, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • HarryK

    The victim was arrested??????

    • jean103

      yes the victim was arrested also because she originally agreed to the piercing which contributed to the disruption

  • James Woods

    It’s amazing how much school has changed since I graduated.

    Through 3 different school buildings each of them did offer a little more security than the next.

    My elementary school had a few entrances as did the junior high but my high school had entrances all over the place.

    Anyone and anyone could gain entrance to any building during school hours without probably anyone interrupting.

    Fast forward 12 years and now we have school police and unlike when I attended school surely a ‘fight’ will be a criminal act vs just some kids acting like kids.

    I knew then we needed to have more security at schools but nothing to the level of having school police.

    If your kids need police-style protection at school it’s a sign of a few things. Kids will be kids, tattoos and piercings are glorified.

    When I was in school some kids had tattoos and they were usually the weirdos. Now im sure alot of them do since it’s glorified.

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