Hello Eagle Family. This is the proud principal of South Cobb High school Mr. Hosey .
I am sending out this message to give you truthful information about an incident which occurred at South Cobb on Monday March 17th. The Marietta Daily Journal printed an article filled with false and fabricated information.
On Monday we had a fight which started with 2 young men during the transition from 1st period to 2nd period. The scuffle was quick and over before any adult arrived on the scene. However, a few friends of the students who had the quick fight got into an argument which resulted in another fight in a different location. There were 7 students involved in the fight . Our school resource officer, teachers, custodians, and other staff responded. Because of the multiple students fighting and the gathering crowd, our school resource officer used his pepper spray on the students who were fighting. The spray stopped the fight and dispersed the gathering crowd of onlookers and watchers as well. When the fight was over the students were treated by our school nurse. And yes they were all charged by our school resource officers and disciplined by the school. We also disciplined students who were identified as gathering to watch the fight and thereby creating an unsafe atmosphere. There were no teachers, staff , or students transported for medical reasons or purposes. There were no weapons involved. The situation was concluded before the start of 2nd period and definitely before lunch and we continued with our school day.
Please do not believe what you read in the MDJ article. The 19 year student that most of the article is based on is not enrolled in South Cobb and the information that they printed is false. Fights are not common at South Cobb any more than any other high school in Cobb County School District. We DO NOT HAVE FIGHTS BREAK OUT OVER STEPPING ON AIR JORDANS tennis shoes. Our students are not “Drugged up” . Our students do not fight just because the weather is bad. There was not a fight at lunchtime. This incident did not involve girls and Facebook drama. There was no student “ jumped”. There were no girls standing on tables at lunch. The fight was not anticipated. Neither our teachers nor our students need to be trained in self defense. Our school resource officers are not regularly using pepper spray and batons on students. Most issues and disagreements between students are intervened and stopped before there is an escalation to a physical altercation by our administration, teachers, and staff.
I do not know the intent of the article printed in the paper but it is slanderous and places an unfair stereotype on our school, students, and community. South Cobb students are among the best students in Cobb County School District. Yes we all have our struggles and issues but we do not deserve to be the focus of such false images and stereotypes especially based on the action of 7 students. There are 1998 students at South Cobb High school and 99% of the students do what is expected of them every day. As I say every morning on the announcements:
“We are not what people say. We are not what people may think. We are better than they could ever imagine.