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Assistant Monroe Principal Joey James is seen breaking up a fight at the school in this still from a video.
ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School System Assistant Police Chief J.C. Phillips confirmed Friday that the department is investigating a cellphone video of a Monroe High School assistant principal breaking up an altercation between two female students.
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The video shows a man, identified as assistant principal Joey James, wading into a scuffle between two females in the school lunchroom and yanking one of the girls to the ground, effectively ending the fight.
“Yes, we are investigating the incident,” Phillips said Friday. “But we are just starting, and it will take a few days to sort this out.”
The video was posted on Facebook Thursday, but Phillips said the fight occurred “a couple of days before.”
Dougherty County School System Public Information Director R.D. Harter said the school system police department is in charge of the investigation and would review the video and interview James and witnesses before determining if any charges will be filed.