(04/15/2010)
An 18-year-old Calhoun High School student was expelled after a hearing Monday night of the school board, following what officials say was an assault on a 15-year-old male student with his fist.

Calhoun Deputy Sheriff Carl Ballengee has also charged Clayton Bell with criminally assaulting the student in the hallway of the school, the incident required several staff members to break-up, sending two to Minnie Hamilton Health System for treatment of minor injuries.

The victim was also taken to a medical facility for treatment of what was described as a broken nose and possible other injuries.

Deputy Ballengee quoted the victim saying, "Clayton Bell hit me more than once, but I don't know how many times."

"The juvenile states that he was standing in the hallway and Clayton Bell came up and hit him in the nose," says the criminal complaint.

Deputy Ballengee was given surveillance photos of the incident.

The Bell family requested an open hearing before the school board regarding the matter.

The board voted unanimously for the expulsion, which requires Bell be expelled from Calhoun County Schools for one calendar year.

During the time of this expulsion Bell will not be allowed on school property for any reason other than to attend the Alternative Learning Center at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.

The criminal complaint will be set for a further hearing in Calhoun Magistrate Court.

The school board expelled a second student for one year, described as a "dangerous student." The board decided the student would not be eligible for the alternative education program.


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