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Video: Arrested parent, students give details on Athens High School brawl

One student told WAAY 31 she was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a minor concussion after she was knocked unconscious during the fight.

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 11:51 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2019 10:48 PM

School officials said the Wednesday fight at Athens High School started when a parent was caught trespassing and encouraging students to riot.

"The police officer asked me was I starting a riot, and I told him, no, I'm not starting a riot. I'm just letting you know black lives matter," Amanda Loggins said.

Amanda Loggins (left), Gabrielle Kirby (center), and Makaleb Boykin (right)

Police could not provide Loggins' mugshot Wednesday night but said she was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after starting the brawl. WAAY 31 spoke with Amanda Loggins and her daughters, as well as district officials.

Athens City Schools Superintendent Trey Holladay made it clear: If Amanda Loggins hadn't entered the school and started a black lives matter chant, which she admits to doing, the fight that lead to so many videos and social media posts would have never happened.

However, to understand what happened Wednesday you have to go back to Tuesday.

"She said 'Get out!' and I was like 'Give me a reason' and she didn't have none," Athens High School student Gabby Kirby said.

Gabby Kirby is one of five students who were kicked out of class Tuesday for causing a classroom disturbance. She told me their initial punishment was 20 days of in-school suspension, and they aren't allowed to attend prom or walk across the stage for graduation.

Five parents, Gabby Kirby's included, said that was excessive so they filed a complaint with the school.

Holladay said four of those five parents went through the proper channels and reached a solution. Amanda Loggins was not among those four, he said.

"I wasn't starting a riot. I was allowed to be on premises. I had an appointment with Dr. Carter at 11:30 to meet with him about my daughter. I didn't sneak in nowhere," Amanda Loggins said.

Once school resource officers and other Athens police officers find Amanda Loggins on campus, the video shows bits and pieces of what happened next. Students and police were fighting, and Amanda Loggins was mixed in there. Her daughter Mackynzie is seen in one of the videos on the ground, seemingly unconscious, being dragged on the floor.

"He elbowed me, and then I woke up outside and then the police officer told me to get my hands behind my back," Athens High School student Mackynzie Kirby said.

Mackynzie Kirby said a police officer caused her injury, and she was devastated when she saw what happened after she blacked out.

"It was so crazy. When I looked at it I started crying because I couldn't remember none of it. It was crazy because it was like when you see yourself in a dream or something, like it was not real," Mackynzie Kirby said.

Mackynzie Kirby's sister Gabby was caught up in the fight, too. She shared a lot of this video with us and said she regrets getting caught in the middle but wanted to protect her mom.

"I just didn't want my mom hurt. I could just tell he was trying to come after her in the beginning. I got in the middle of it and me getting in the middle of it wasn't a good idea because I got in handcuffs. I got put in a car. I've never been through nothing like that. It scared me," Gabby Kirby.

Gabby Kirby said she, two other students, and her mom were all arrested Wednesday.

We're working to get the student arrests confirmed with Athens police.

Holladay said there will be an increased police presence on campus Thursday.

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