Lassiter RB Fullwood charged with battery on teacher
A popular Lassiter High School running back was arrested and charged with battery after he allegedly threw a teacher to the floor of the Marietta school.
Brent "B.J." Fullwood allegedly attacked Kathleen Finch, a veteran Advanced Placement literature and composition teacher, shortly before the end of the school day Wednesday.
Finch, who broke a finger during the incident, has returned to school, officials said.
Fullwood was booked into the Cobb County Jail on Thursday night and later was released on a $5,000 bond, authorities said.
The incident happened when Finch told Fullwood to give her his cell phone, Cobb schools spokesman Jay Dillon said. The youth allegedly refused and pushed the teacher against a wall.
Reached by telephone at home, the teen said he also was suspended from school for 10 days. He declined to say anything more.
"I'd rather not talk about it," he said.
Lassiter head football coach Greg Dirst, also reached at home, said, "No comment."
Fullwood, 17, is the son of former Auburn football star Brent Fullwood, who went on to play four seasons for the National Football League -- first for the Green Bay Packers, and then for the Cleveland Browns.
According to Finch's school Web site, she is certified to teach gifted students and is a teacher support strategist and faculty consultant for the Educational Testing Service.
Cobb School Board members described Finch as an excellent teacher.
"She's a wonderful and outstanding teacher," said Dr. John Abraham, whose son graduated from Lassiter and was one of Finch's former students.
Johnny Johnson, the Cobb School Board member representing Lassiter, said he knows both Finch and Fullwood and was surprised to learn about the incident.
Unless an appeal is made by either Fullwood's parents or the school, the board isn't likely to get involved, Johnson said.
"If what happened is true," he said, "it's something that's not tolerated."
-- The Associated Press contributed to this article.
By GRACIE BONDS STAPLES
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 11/03/07