1 student hospitalized, 3 arrested for Grainger school fight

1 student hospitalized, 3 arrested for Grainger school fight

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Amanda Dunn, who says she has been bullied herself, says fights of that kind have happened before. Amanda Dunn, who says she has been bullied herself, says fights of that kind have happened before.
"I think a lot of it gets swept under the rug and it shouldn't be," said Amanda's mother, Angela Dawson. "I think a lot of it gets swept under the rug and it shouldn't be," said Amanda's mother, Angela Dawson.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

WASHBURN (WATE) - A female student was hospitalized and three were arrested Monday following a fight at Washburn School.

The injured student is listed in good condition at UT Medical Center.

All four students are 15 or 16 years old.

One of the girls is charged with aggravated assault. Two others were arrested for assault. All three were taken to Knox County's juvenile holding facility.

According to Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel, the three girls who were arrested will also face disciplinary action from the school.

Despite the arrests, some Washburn parents and students say they're outraged not only by the reported attack, but by what they say is an effort by the school to cover it up.

Amanda Dunn is a senior at Washburn School. She was home sick Monday. When she returned to school the next day she was shocked to learn of what happened to a fellow student outside the school during a recess period.

"They had caught her in between the two buildings, the science building and the school," Dunn  said. "They just beat her and slammed her head against the poles, and was just hitting her repeatedly in the face with rings on her hands."

Dunn, who says she has been bullied herself, says fights of that kind have happened before and school administrators refuse to do anything about them.

Dunn's mother, Angela Dawson, is just one of several concerned parents who agree with her daughter's claim. Some have gone so far as to say the school was put on lock down Wednesday to keep students from talking to the media.

"It's sad. It's a shame," Dawson said. "I think a lot of it gets swept under the rug and it shouldn't be. It should be brought to the attention of the community."

The mother and daughter have started an anti-bullying Facebook page called Live and Let Live Washburn.

It now has more than 300 likes and hundreds of comments supporting the effort.

One support is the foster mother of the victim, who thanks everyone for their support. She says her daughter "has suffered pain that nobody, especially a child, should have to endure."

"I'm a senior and this is my last year," Dunn said. "I can handle it for the next seven months. It's not going to bother me. If it helps one person then its worth it."

Dunn and her mother say now that they have spoken out they are afraid for her to return to school.

"Its not the students that I'm going to be worried about," said Dawson. "It's the faculty because they think we are trying to give the school a bad name, when all we're trying to do is draw attention to this national epidemic of bullying. Kids getting hurt in school. It shouldn't happen."

The mother and daughter say they won't stop until it ends.

The Grainger County School System issued a statement saying, "The incident has been turned over to our resource officer and is being investigated by the Grainger County Sheriff's Department."

A public candlelight vigil has been scheduled for November 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Clinch Mountain "Lookout" near Washburn.

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