January 23, 2022

Man facing assault, drug charges after injuring HCHS staff member

(Franklin, GA) — A local man is facing multiple drug and assault charges following an incident after school hours Monday afternoon at Heard County High School that resulted in the injury to an HCHS staff member.

Jaquaivus Deishon Brewer

A report from Franklin Police Chief Kevin Hannah indicates that 27-year-old Jaquaivus Deishon Brewer entered the lower front entryway at the school’s main office at around 3:30 PM and stated he was in need of medical attention.

Brewer proceeded to call 911 himself and a nearby Franklin police officer responded soon after.

Just prior to the officer’s arrival the man became combative and four female Heard County staff members were involved in a scuffle with the man as the police and HCHS administrators arrived to assist.

The injured staff member did not require medical attention and there were no other injuries.

Chief Kevin Hannah commended the four female staff members along with the two HCHS administrators for bravely taking control of a very volatile situation.

Brewer is charged with one count of removal or attempted removal of weapon from public official, one count of aggravated assault, one count of purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of controlled substances (meth), one count of false imprisonment, two counts obstruction of an officer, one county battery, one count possession and use of drug-related objects, one count possession of marijuana, and one count criminal trespass.

As a result of the incident, the school system released the following statement Tuesday evening announcing changes to the entry policy at Heard High beginning tomorrow:

New Safety Measures at HCHS

Heard County High School has decided to tweak the front entryway access policy to ensure greater safety for students and faculty.

Starting on April 21, the outside front doors will remain closed and locked. Individuals will need to press a button and identify themselves to front office personnel prior to being allowed building access.

Previously, individuals could enter the main lobby of the front office and walk up to speak face to face with office staff.

“We have always prided ourselves in being welcoming and open to our community,” stated J.J. Wahl, principal of Heard County High School. “However, we have to be mindful of the realities of our society and keep the safety of our students as a top priority.”

The Heard County School System leadership joined with leaders at Heard County High School in adjusting the previous entryway access policy due to an event that occurred after school hours on April 19.

About half an hour after student dismissal, an individual in distress entered the building and law enforcement had to be called to the scene.

The individual was escorted away by law enforcement and one HCHS staff member sustained minor injuries. The incident did, however, lead to a review of the building access protocols. These changes to Heard County High School’s building access protocols, mirror the policies that already exist at several of Heard County’s other schools.

“The best organizations find ways to continually improve,” shared Heard County School System Superintendent Rodney Kay. “This includes the area of school safety. We will consider anything that we can do to protect our students and give parents the assurance that their children will be safe with us.”

~ Heard County School System

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