Police arrested four Pascagoula High School students following a fight at the school Wednesday, during which one of the suspects reportedly elbowed a teacher in the face, dislocating her jaw, Pascagoula Police Lt. Davy Davis said.
Dartavis Covan, 17, is charged with felony assault on a public servant as a result of the injuries to teacher Kathleen McAllister when she and others attempted to break up the fight in a main hallway.
Covan’s charge carries a penalty of up to five years.
Darren Benjamin, 18, is charged with misdemeanor simple assault in the fight. Police picked up two others students, both juveniles, and turned them over to the custody of the Jackson County Youth Court. School personnel took the minor students to the youth jail, though Davis said he did not know what charges they faced through the school system.
Covan and Benjamin are now free on bond, with Covan’s bond set at $15,000 and Benjamin’s at $500. In the arrest report the arresting officer said he was dispatched to the school on Tucker Road around 9:30 a.m. The school system’s director of security, former Pascagoula Police Chief Michael Whitmore, the report said, told the officer a fight initially broke out between Benjamin and another student, who is a minor.
“During the course of the fight, three other students got involved …,” the officer wrote, the two minors and Covan.