COVINGTON, Ga. – An Indian Creek Middle School parent has raised concerns over troubling YouTube videos calling out other students.
The parent, who asked to remain anonymous, said one of the videos directly called out their child using the word “suicide” several times. The videos have since been removed from YouTube.
The parent talked with the school’s principal and Newton County Sheriff’s Office to raise the concerns. The student in question was reportedly suspended, but allowed to return to the school for testing during the suspension.
"My child is scared to go to school," the parent told The Covington News.
The parent said their child has talked with school counselors and administration about the incident as well.
Newton County School System Director of Public Relations Sherri Davis said parents at the school were notified via school messenger call and the student in question was “disciplined for violating the student code of conduct.”
Davis could not comment on the discipline of a specific student or confirm if the student had been suspended or was allowed to return to the school for testing.
NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison said the videos have been investigated and a report has been filed to document the complaints.
Morrison said the videos did not state a direct threat and the student was utilizing his freedom of speech.
“No crime has been committed,” she said. “We would take action if a crime was committed.”
Morrison described the videos as “songs” that showed a mix between rap and heavy metal music. One of the videos showed the student with a BB gun to his head.
“Are the videos disturbing? Appropriate? Depends on who you ask,” she said.