She bled when she hit the school cop, authorities say
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — We are learning more about a woman accused of punching a school security guard as a chaotic mob of parents attempted to enter Josey High School while it was under lockdown Tuesday .
As rumors of a school threat swirled on social media on Tuesday, parents converged on Josey to pick up their children.
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Among the crowd was Christine Jennifer Torres, 33, authorities said.
A video circulating on social media shows her in a confrontation with security guards before they take her away. She was arrested and taken to the Richmond County Jail for obstructing a law enforcement officer. She remains in jail Wednesday on bail for the felony charge of $9,000, according to jail records.
According to an arrest warrant for Torres, she reported to school around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
She was at the entrance and a security staff member repeatedly asked her to leave the school, according to the arrest warrant.
The warrant says she and other relatives were asked to leave because they were “causing a disturbance”.
“The accused failed to comply with … verbal orders and became combative” as an officer tried to direct her to the front door, the warrant said.
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Instead of complying, Torres punched the officer “in the face, mouth and head with his fist”, the arrest warrant states.
The officer suffered bleeding from the top and bottom, lip and front tooth, according to the warrant.
We don’t see that part of the confrontation in the Facebook video, but we do see Torres fall to the ground and be taken away by officers. A school staff member then walks to the front door and secures it.
The Richmond County School System released a statement on Tuesday explaining that security measures during perceived threats may restrict access to schools.
“Our response to these incidents includes notifying our families of the potential threat and we may also designate an emergency alert level to monitor student movement within a school or limit public access to a school facility.” , the district said. “If access to a school facility is restricted, it is to maintain order in the school and to respond to incidents using a security-focused approach.”
Possibly in response to the confrontation involving Torres, the statement continues: “We ask all family members or visitors to our school campuses to support our school staff and school safety and security officers by patiently following their instructions as they work to ensure the safety of our students and staff”.
On Tuesday, the rumors also hit Murphey Middle School, Lucy C. Laney High School and Glenn Hills High School.
But Josey seemed to be at the center of the parents’ quick response.
It may be because the school was the scene of a shooting on Saturday who injured two people at a party after the return football game. And that shooting came just hours after another outside a Laney High School game that left no one injured.
Richmond County is one of the few CSRA school systems that has not enacted recent restrictions on patrons at football games. Restrictions range from requiring personal effects to be carried in see-through bags to requiring parents to accompany teenagers.
A statement from Richmond County Schools on Monday said the district appeared to be placing some of the blame in the lap of alumni groups.
The statement said the district is “reviewing safety plans for upcoming homecoming activities sponsored by booster clubs and alumni associations to ensure that former students and families reconnecting with their high school friends at homecoming activities gather with adequate security to protect them. . ”
There was a suggestion at the Richmond County School Board meeting on Tuesday that return-to-home activities be suspended, but this has not been approved.
While Josey’s incident involved homecoming activity, Laney’s Friday shooting did not; Laney’s return is this week.
Also not associated with coming home was the discovery of a weapon in the possession of a spectator during the Laney-Hephzibah match on July 26.
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