On Friday afternoon chaos broke out in a science classroom at Stone Mountain Middle School when a 8th grade teacher and a paraprofessional began brawling. The two adults were identified as Brittany Randolph-Johnson, and Milan Etheridge, both 27-years-old.
After many blows were exchanged, papers scattered, and student pleas for bedlam to cease, the two woman were arrested and sent to Dekalb County jail on charges of fighting in a public place and disrupting public school. Both were released on bond shortly thereafter, however, the damage had already been done. Video of the fight went viral instantly, causing all eyes to be on the Dekalb County middle school.
School authorities say both woman will be terminated following a complete review of the situation. DeKalb County School officials stated: “When DeKalb County School District employees violate the high professional and personal standards of the district, they are held accountable. The employees involved in the unacceptable physical altercation at Stone Mountain Middle School will be terminated following the conclusion of the appropriate district processes. We will never tolerate such behavior in our schools.”
The cause of the altercation has yet to be confirmed, however, according to students the woman were having a dispute over a male teacher at the school.
Students also added that following the incident, school officials came into the classroom and demanded students to delete any recording of the videos on their cellphones. The DeKalb County School District says they are unaware of staff going through the student’s phones.
The claim of school administrators interfering with students phones has raised eyebrows of some in the community. In an exclusive interview with WAOK’s very own Rashad Richey, he stated, “They (administrators) forced minors to engage in a cover up.”
WAOK will have the latest updates on this developing story.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS radio.