VALDOSTA — Valdosta Police Department released the following statement this afternoon:
On Monday, September 16, 2013 at approximately 9:30 am, the Valdosta High School notified the School Resource Officer assigned to the high school about an incident which occurred on Friday, September 13, 2013, involving a student and a teacher. According to the report the teacher, Randell Owens, was standing in front of a locker room door in the hallway when a student attempted to open the door, which struck Owens. Owens then turned and swung his elbow at the student who blocked the elbow with his hand. Owens then pushed the student back into the locker room.
On September 17, 2013, after an investigation into the incident to include conducting interviews and reviewing other evidence, the Valdosta Police Department obtained an arrest warrant from a judge for Randell Owens for Simple Battery. Owens, who had been previously placed on administrative leave by the school, turned himself in to the Lowndes County Jail and was released on bond. “During the investigation, the administration of the Valdosta City School System were fully cooperative with the police department," stated Chief Brian Childress.