Chad Hinson, 37, a Biology and Physical Science teacher at Richmond Senior High School since 1997, was assaulted by a student on Monday and treated for injuries at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital, according to Ashley Simmons, school district spokesperson.
Christopher Wayne Schoonover, 17, is accused of striking the teacher and fleeing the campus, school officials said.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist in locating the student, who has not yet been found, as of 6 p.m. Monday.
No details about the altercation have been released, as it is still under investigation. In a recorded telephone alert that went out to parents earlier, Principal Cory Satterfield described the incident as a “conflict” between the student and teacher that resulted in injury to the teacher.
It was reported that the teacher has been treated and released for minor injuries, and is expected to return to work. School officials did not know exactly when Hinson would be back in the classroom.
The investigation is being handled by the Richmond County Schools Special Police, with cooperation from local law enforcement agencies.
The R.C.S. Special Police are licensed officers with the authority to issue warrants, file charges and make arrests within the legal system, Simmons explained.
Charges will be filed against Schoonover once he is apprehended, school officials said.
A sheriff’s deputy will be on campus Tuesday to provide additional security.
In a statement from the school, it was reported that “No weapon was involved, and no students were in danger at any point during the incident. The campus was not put on lockdown.”
“We will not tolerate acts of violence in any of our schools,” said Superintendent George Norris. “The safety of all students and staff is our top priority, and any student who threatens our safe environment will face severe consequences.”
Richmond Senior High School students, teachers and parents were notified of the incident by Satterfield, through use of the school public announcement system and the Alert-Now phone calling system.
Students and teachers remained on campus and continued school on a normal schedule Monday.
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.