After an incident that occurred at a Polk school on December 4, a teenager was charged with assault on December 6.
According to police:
Two female Cedartown Middle School students, 14- and 13-years-old, had an argument during a physical education class on December 4. While in the girl’s locker room, the 14-year-old reportedly took the 13-year-old by the hair and slammed her head into the wall. The victim told officials that she was then thrown to the floor and repeatedly kicked in the side. When the 13-year-old fought back, she allegedly received several kicks to the face.
CMS faculty members were alerted to the situation and quickly separated the two. Polk Police Officer Joe Dyer noted that the 14-year-old was initially given a pink slip and three days’ suspension.
On December 6, the victim’s mother contacted the Cedartown Police Department in order to file assault charges. A Cedartown officer then contacted Dyer, who took up the matter.
Dyer spoke with CMS Assistant Principal Mike Roberts. He urged Roberts to file a Form 90 juvenile assault charge based on the seriousness of the attack. Reportedly, Dyer was told that particular Polk School officials instructed Roberts not to file a Form 90 because “CMS was filing too many Form 90’s, giving the Polk School District a bad image in the newspaper and in the county.”
A Form 90 was later issued to the 14-year-old in regards to the December 4 attack.