Deputies from the Tift County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tift County High School Wednesday morning after the Tift County Board of Education received word from another local government agency that had been aware of some civil unrest and sensitivity from students at the high school over the presidential election, where comments had been posted all over the social media network Facebook.
Superintendent Patrick Atwater, who had been at the school that morning, told The Gazette Wednesday afternoon, “The sheriff offered assistance and allowed some deputies to be on standby. We wanted to be overly cautious. Nothing occurred. It was a normal, typical day at Tift County High School.”
He added that with a mass amount of deputies showing up at the high school to assist, it was very refreshing to know they have that type of action from local law enforcement. He noted that the school system applauds their resource officers as well.
Atwater assured that no incident occurred at the school Wednesday morning.
Also, in an unrelated issue, Tift County High Principal Dr. Ryan Gravitt has been reassigned. This decision was made by the board; they accepted Atwater’s recommendation for an administrative realignment at the high school.
Due to it being a personnel matter, Atwater couldn’t discuss the reasoning behind why Gravitt is being reassigned. However, he did state that they are currently working on where his reassigned location will be. He noted that Gravitt will remain in the Tift County School System.
Kim Seigler, who is an assistant principal at TCHS, will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the year, Atwater said. He stated that the Tift County School System will be searching sometime in the near future for a permanent principal for the 2013-2014 school year.
Seigler was a science teacher at TCHS before she was promoted to assistant principal. Atwater stated that she has been an employee with the Tift County School System for her entire professional career.
To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.