KIPP student arrested for assault

Fight at Halifax school leads to 5 arrests

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Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010 12:00 am

AURELIAN SPRINGS — Students fighting in a high school parking lot led authorities from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office to take five youths into custody and charge one with assault, and led to the forfeit of a football game at KIPP Gaston College Prep.

Friday afternoon, according to Halifax County Schools Public Relations Coordinator Keith Hoggard, two cars rolled up to Northwest Halifax High School, the sheriff’s office said one was a Crown Victoria, and parked behind the school’s 1000 building. Hoggard said school assistant principal Dennis Taylor and school resource officer Daniel Jones went out to investigate the cars, which Hoggard said were filled with young men.

Those in the cars told Taylor and Jones they were there to pick up a cousin, and the school officials told them they had to check in at the office to pick up any students. One of the cars, Hoggard said, left the school, but the other circled to the teacher’s parking lot and attempted to conceal itself behind a larger car.

“The young men got out and got on campus,” Hoggard said.

“And they did assault one other student. It does appear that student was singled out.”

Hoggard said when some of the school staff approached the young men, they tried to run back to their car. Meanwhile, Lt. George Evans, of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, was responding to the fight.

“I observed one of the guys, Antwan Cooper, throw a guy on the ground and then he ran toward the opposite end of campus,” Evans said.

“We ran back there and were able to get him stopped before he got back in the car.”

Evans arrested Cooper, 17, and Jones arrested four others, according to Evans. Cooper, a player on the KIPP Gaston College Prep football team, was charged with assault and trespassing.

Four others, whose names have not been released, were charged with trespassing. He was booked and released from the Halifax County Detention Center at 6:35 p.m. Friday.

Ricky Riddick, head coach of the KIPP football team, confirmed he had 10 of his players involved in the altercation, but he does not know the motivation behind it.

“All I know is the kids left school and went over to Northwest Halifax. The Northwest Halifax coach called me and told me there was a fight. The administration is dealing with the kids.”

Riddick was forced to forfeit Friday’s football game against Central Virginia Disciples out of Richmond, Va. Riddick said the season may have to be re-evaluated, depending on what happens to the students involved.

“The only thing we can do now is regroup. We won’t know what we’ve lost until the discipline is handed out by the administration. There will be some kids we’ll lose because they were involved.”

From Halifax Schools’ perspective, Hoggard said he’s pleased things didn’t end up worse, and he credits Taylor, Jones and Evans for keeping the melee from becoming a tragedy.

“We see tragedies on TV when people come onto campuses when they’re not supposed to be there,” Hoggard said.

“We take the security of our students very seriously, and I compliment the sheriff’s department and Mr. Taylor for their prompt action. Something like that could have turned into a tragedy very quickly and we’re very happy with the response.”

The victim, whose name was not released, was not seriously hurt, according to Hoggard.

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  • anonymous posted at 12:26 pm on Thu, Oct 7, 2010.

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    It is about time that people know the wrong turn that the school has undergone. No longer does the school uphold the standard of excellence that it initially received headlines for. There are so many problems and issues happening amongst teachers and students that genuinely depletes from an outstanding educational experience. There are too many distractions that prevent students and administrators from learning from one another. Hopefully this incident will serve as an eye opener to administrators to really revert the institution to its initial mission- to place and keep students in college.

  • anonymous posted at 11:26 am on Mon, Oct 4, 2010.

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    Carolyn obviously you have not read the comments posted. Almost every other comment is bashing KIPP. I don't recall anyone that defended KIPP state that the school was better than any other school. The people like you that has a negative attitude towards KIPP are the only one that are making thoes type statements in their comments.Have you read the article posted by the editor. I serioulsy doubt anyone is on "their highhorse" Unlike you everyone is responding appropriately to the comments posted. Your comment Makes no sense!

  • anonymous posted at 3:36 am on Mon, Oct 4, 2010.

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    It's not an issue of bashing KIPP the school as much as acknowledging that Cooper attends KIPP. Believe me if it were the other way around, and some of the Northwest students went to KIPP and did this, it would have been reported more negatively than this because it is in the Halifax County Public School district. So you all get off your high horses acting as if KIPP students are better than students in other districts. Students are students whether they are at KIPP school, a school in California, Georgia, Canada, or a foreign country. It is only the schools that are NOT SO POPULAR that get the most negative publicity.

  • anonymous posted at 2:54 pm on Sat, Oct 2, 2010.

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    As a previous year attendee' of KIPP Pride High, the school should not be bashed nor degraded for this activity. The very fact of it all is that there are things that are way more important then this. Apparently a school made for kids who are ensuring to keep themselves out of business such as this and heading off to their respected colleges doesn't get any attention. KIPP is a great school and their administration is very much so dealing with the kids enough to give them life changing opportunities... putting such an organization down is tainting the entire learning environment.

  • anonymous posted at 1:08 pm on Sat, Oct 2, 2010.

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    These comments and reactions are very appauling to me. I cannot believe the envy,jealousy, and racism that exsist among other school systems and citizens. Everyone makes mistakes and obviously no one is perfect. This young man made a poor decsion, but I do not feel that this incident deserves this much negative media. There have been numerous riots, and fights at other school in which no students have been "EXPOSED" or "SINGLED OUT" with so much media attention. He is a child and it is not helping him by constanstly bashing him and posting negative comments about him. Has the media questioned some of the positive things that he has been involved in at KIPP. Obviously the media is not a supporter of KIPP either. Since day one other school systems has been on a witchhunt to find some fault in GCP/KIPP because they lost so many students to them. I am glad that I made the decsion to pull my children from the county school system and enroll them in GCP because the county school system failed them tremendoulsy. I am a firm supporter of KIPP /GCP. Stop making jugments about this school based on hear say. And to the ignorant person that made the comment about "Thugs, and Ghetto" that is clearly a racist statement and you need to get a life. The incident that happen does not change what kind of school KIPP is , nor does it change all of the success stories that have been and will be. Why are you people trying to bring down a school that made a difference in the lives of the children in this area. Publish the positive Publicity that exisit at KIPP/GCP

  • anonymous posted at 10:36 am on Sat, Oct 2, 2010.

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    Well, everyone makes mistakes but as long as you learn from your mistakes and make sure that doesn't happen again then everything will be okay. The way the media is blowing up this incident is crazy, i mean kids are kids and teens will be teens so people stop down grading kipp. Kipp has completed many great deeds like having 2 classes have 100% going to college. Everybody has their flaws and chill with the negative talk becasue what is done is done and talking about it doesn't make anything better. We can only learn and move on with our lives. Don't "bash" Kipp because they made a mistake. I don't see any articles on fights that happen at other school, so why is Kipp so easily targeted?? Also why do people always look for the worse in things and not your postitives. Think about those questions.

  • anonymous posted at 9:13 am on Sat, Oct 2, 2010.

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    Hi I am a Senior at KIPP Gaston College Prep, and he is one of my classmates. What he did was a mistake, and he knows it. Don't blast our school or try to make us look bad over one poor boy's mistake. We are still KIPP, we keep our heads held high and we achieve our dreams. No one can bring us down not even this. We have peole suffering trying to survive in this economy and the only thing you people can do is bash the one school that is trying to change this community for the better. No, we are not perfect no one ever said that we were. But when you mess with one of us you have all of us. We are KIPP we are not going anywhere and we will always stand beside eaxh other. If you want the truth why don't you ask the students of KIPP, we are the story. We all make mistakes and we all learn from them. We will get through this and shine brighter than before.

  • anonymous posted at 3:38 am on Sat, Oct 2, 2010.

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    Everyone should read this article about a young man who ultimately committed suicide because of things that were publicized in the media about him and his lifestyle. Everything being done in this forum is hurting everyone involved. It would be truly devastating if something like this happened to OUR children. This story is one of many, but it is recent. LET IT GO!

  • anonymous posted at 5:17 pm on Fri, Oct 1, 2010.

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    Hello Im a kippster form the pride of 2016 and im here to say that kipp is a great place to be and that we are a family where we are. Im trying to say that people should not do this to us because if you look back in our pass nothing like this has every happen to us over the ten years we have been here. Also people are saying that we are a bad school because of this but we are not and i would like to think KIPP for making me the great person that I am today, and I'm happy to be a kippster!

  • anonymous posted at 6:45 am on Fri, Oct 1, 2010.

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    You know its crazy when this gets this much attention, but the fact my kids go to a elementary school where the teachers write and speak as if they have less than a 5th grade education and that story gets no attention at all.Why is it that in our county some kids have more opportunity to get a better education than others, is it because of where you live or is it because of your ethnicity? Now thats a question I would like answered.

  • anonymous posted at 3:01 am on Fri, Oct 1, 2010.

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    To the people who have not looked deeper into the KIPP graduation rate for college bound students, take another look. No student is allowed to graduate from KIPP unless they have been accepted to a college. There are many students who do not graduate from KIPP because of this. If other schools only allowed those who were accepted to college to graduate then all schools could claim that 100% of their graduates go to college.

  • anonymous posted at 3:37 pm on Thu, Sep 30, 2010.

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    KIPP is an awesome school and the staff is absolutely phenominal. They do teach our children to be respectful and to take responsibility for their actions. With that being said kids are kids and they are going to mess up from time to yes even KIPP students but that doesnt mean that the teachers are not doing their jobs. Those teachers go above and beyond to give our children the education they deserve a much better education than you will find in any other school around here. Everyone who is posting negative comments about KIPP should be ashamed of themselves because that school there are alot of children now have the chance to suceed they are making our county a better place to live. THANK YOU KIPP AND GCP FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.

  • anonymous posted at 2:38 pm on Thu, Sep 30, 2010.

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    People say that Americans forget their hard learned lessons too quickly. That could be because we seem to want to put things behind us before we even talk about them fully first. We need to shine a light on negative behaviors and hold people accountable before we can put events behind us, otherwise no lesson is learned. There have been numerous shootings in American schools and this type of incident could lead to a tragedy. Think about it, those students planned this out and deceived authority figures so they could go to a different school campus as a specific time of day to at least fight, but maybe to do more if they hadn't been stopped. This was serious and deserved the media attention it received.

  • anonymous posted at 2:25 pm on Thu, Sep 30, 2010.

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    Despite the struggling attempt of the Daily Herald to damage the image of KIPP, KIPP is working on its third year with 100% of students being accepted into four-year universities.

  • anonymous posted at 11:02 am on Thu, Sep 30, 2010.

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    Lock him up for 30 days,it was clearly premeditated and well thought out.This 17 year old male is clearly heading down the wrong path,best to teach him a lesson now before its to late!!!!

  • anonymous posted at 9:07 am on Thu, Sep 30, 2010.

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    I am so glad that Roanoke Rapids was finally able to find something wrong with KIPP. I know citizens have been waiting for something to happen so they can FINALLY say, "see, that school is not all that". Well, no school system is perfcet. They all have hidden problems that the school, board and parents like to sweep under the rug. This made the headlines because it was KIPP. Plain and simple. Wonder if he would have made the headlines if he went to the almighty perfect RRHS? By the way, I am WHITE and my daughter goes to KIPP and we are very proud to say she attends "that school" as you closed minded,simple thinking, people like to call it.

  • anonymous posted at 4:41 pm on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    I agree that the young men involved in this incident should be held responsible for their actions, because what they did was wrong; however when I looked at the headline I thought someone had been shot or stabbed, or a riot had taken place, it could have escalated to that but it didn't, and really what was the point of exposing a fight at a school in this manner? If the purpose was to "expose" a school, all schools have issues ALL schools have fights(public or private). But was it really a big fight? The paper says they saw one child assault another, so were the other guys fighting, and before we make heros out of the men that saw the could they see one car drive away, and not investigate immediately where the other car had went.. so was the problem that the young men got out on campus or they weren't prevented from getting out on the campus.. they were seen, yet they weren't stopped? Instead of tearing our schools down we need to find ways to stop putting them down, and making them safer for our children. Saying that this school was finally exposed is so childish, reason being ALL schools have things that they sweep under the rug. Exposition is not going to make things better, but working together as a city to build them up will. Wake up people it's 2010 are we really need to act like adults for the sake of our children. It was senseless to involve the community in an act that could have been handled by school officials and not exploited as if someone had been killed. Ive seen the times where closed door meetings had to be held, and the community was only notified when the issue was resolved. Please prioritize what you "head" the paper with. There are far worse crimes and issues that I community needs to hear about other than some guys that went to a school and fought, to be honest thats been going on for years!

  • anonymous posted at 4:34 pm on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    Its time to take this picture off the site! If this was an RRHS student it wouldnt made the front page or made a color photo. The only time RRHS Student make the front page if he/she is a trouble student or received an award! Every student from Kipp is a county student. They were Northampton, Halifax, Weldon, Warren etc student b4! Lord help us!

  • anonymous posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    Every time an African American person is in trouble the race card is thrown out there. Whether the kids in trouble were black, white, orange, yellow--whatever--the trouble needed to be exposed to hopefully make things safer down the line for ALL kids (and adults), whether they are black, white, orange, yellow. Get real.

  • anonymous posted at 10:46 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    My cousin shouldn't be up here like this.Yes he made a wrong decision but this just going to far. Wow think about my cousin future. To all the people who are being fake and all get real. Don't try to put my cousin down. This is really mess up. I see that whoever wrote this couldn't wait to have some negative about KIPP.

  • anonymous posted at 10:30 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    Considering the fact that this incident happened a week ago, it's ridiculous that his picture is still posted on this site. Maybe it's because he's black, or because he's a KIPP student. Ever since KIPP was founded people have been just looking for a way to diminish it's name. What about all the honor rolls and other achievements KIPP has accomplished. They never seemed to make it to the front page of the newspaper. Things more important such as people on trial for murder need to be put on the front page not this young man. I think Roger Bell needs to re-evaluate the articles he writes and the way he thinks.

  • anonymous posted at 10:29 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    This young man is very aware of what he did. We do not need to put up negative comments or put him down anymore. Everybody makes mistakes but this young mans just happened to reach the front page. Cooper was only on the front page because he was a young black male. Why arent the Caucasian men on the front page that currently are being charged for molestation and rape? He is still a minor and this just does not make any type of sense to have his face up here like this. Does this article really help or hurt him?

  • anonymous posted at 10:28 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    "This world is filled with so many problems, but instead we continously address the issues of a black male or female more often than we would a white male or female. Life is filled with many trials, and circumstances that we all as a human race have to follow. This young man made a hugh mistake, but he did not have to be published on the front page. He is only 17, and as I was informed he is too young to have his picture posted. Is this only because he is black? Why is the victim picture or name not posted? Is this justice. In my opinion this situation is obsurd, as well as our system of justice is colorblind."

  • anonymous posted at 10:18 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    Kipp is not all it is seem to be. Students sell drugs there, gamble, and fight in the restrooms. Teachers and the high minded principal show some students favoritism. Kipp needs to be exposed. It is just as average as any other school.

  • anonymous posted at 9:14 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    I thought the dailey herald did not accept comments that were personal attacks, insults or threats. There is a comment that is clearly insulting to one of the students arrested. The comment called one of the students a "giant idiot". I recommend that you guys delete that insulting comment.

  • anonymous posted at 8:23 am on Wed, Sep 29, 2010.

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    Luckily no one was seriously injured in the incident, it could have been much worse. Instead of gripping to the paper and saying its no big deal, you should be upset at the boys from KIPP who started this. There are thugs in every school, and they just proved they are thugs. Its ashame the rest of the team has to suffer for thier teammates stupidity. Glad to read the team is moving forward, but those thugs involved do not need to be at a single game, or you will see trouble again.

  • anonymous posted at 1:49 pm on Tue, Sep 28, 2010.

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    It's about time that it was revealed that KIPP students are not all they are cracked up to be. KIPP has been able to sweep most infractions under the rug and out of the media. KIPP students have been put on a pedestal, while other local schools have been trashed. I'm glad that is has been revealed that KIPP isn't without it disciplinary problems. It is not an educational utopia, it's a school just like any other with it's issues.

  • anonymous posted at 9:20 am on Tue, Sep 28, 2010.

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    This story seems to be a spectacle because it is other reason. This is an unfortunate event that has caused a community "frenzy", and the reality is that is occurs at all schools more frequently than we recognize or publicize. If you read further in the paper, there is a post by a parent of a RRHS student stating that her child had been assaulted by a football student who held a pair of scissors to her neck. No one in this forum has mentioned that. It is sad that in a community of people that should be supporting OUR children, we jump at every opportunity to tear them down. Then we wonder why the children behave the way that they do. I would challenge everyone reading this article and this post to be an example of what you want to see in all children. Take every opportunity to extend your support, and STOP being the things you claim to detest. To other Parents & the Community: please remember that this could have been your child. Don't jump to judgement. It takes a village. To KIPP Faculty, Students, Parents, and other Supporters: keep your heads up and keep moving forward. Take this opportunity and grow forward.

  • anonymous posted at 5:05 am on Tue, Sep 28, 2010.

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    Why is this kid's picture still on the front page of this news site? Is it because he's black? Is it because he's a student at kipp? Is it because you don't have pics of actually dangerous perps that certainly need to be ID'd by the public for our own safety? Is it because you don't have pics of fresh out of prison child molesters that have invaded our county and live in our neighborhoods?It's time to let this kid move forward and stop lambasting him above and beyond what he deserves. Keeping his picture on your front page is symptomatic of your prejudice.

  • anonymous posted at 10:07 am on Mon, Sep 27, 2010.

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    This obsurd, the paper is making this situation bigger than what it really is. Did you really have to put him on the front page? Why arent the other schools incidents in the paper blown up so hugely? This only in the paper b/c something finally happened bad at KIPP. No matter what this paper says I will always be behind each and every one of these boys. Thank You

  • anonymous posted at 1:54 pm on Sun, Sep 26, 2010.

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    wow,KIPP isn't all it is thought up to be. I thought it is supposed t teach these children respect??? That doesn't seem like respect to me.

  • anonymous posted at 2:55 am on Sun, Sep 26, 2010.

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    I hope this young man understands the seriousness of his actions. Not only did he harm another boy, he harmed every senior at KIPP who are currently applying to colleges. Our school is supposed to be some sort of seminal institution, unknown to most of NC. Now, when admission offices Google search "KIPP student", they will be directed to this repulsive and most ghetto of behaviors. Giant idiot, this reflects poorly upon the entire school. Thanks a lot sir, you've made your pride very proud!

  • anonymous posted at 6:05 pm on Sat, Sep 25, 2010.

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    My thanks to Officer Jones & Evans, as well as Mr. Taylor. This incident could have been alot worse. Young people must realize that for every action there's a reaction.

  • anonymous posted at 3:58 pm on Sat, Sep 25, 2010.

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    I am so saddened that this type of mentality exists at KIPP. I hope KIPP deals with this openly and sets the appropriate example for the rest of the students and communities. Perhaps KIPP staff should check the facebook pages of their students more often, then maybe they could have prevented this in the first place.


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