Teens to be charged in fight at West

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 22, 2011

By Shelley Smith
A teacher at West Rowan High School was assaulted March 17 and warrants have been issued for two students on related charges. A third student has already been cited.
Authorities said teacher Christine Mullins was assaulted by Shiquanna Rucker, 18, of 505 E. Main St., Cleveland, following a fight in a classroom at the school.
According to the report, the fight broke out around 7:30 a.m. March 17 in a neighboring classroom. Teacher Mullins became concerned after she heard commotion in the hallway. Mullins told authorities she went into the hallway to try to get students back into their classrooms. Mullins said Darius Rucker, 19, brother of Shiquanna, pushed her, trying to get to his sister. The report said Shiquanna Rucker was trying to assault 17-year-old Natalia Little.
Somehow, Shiquanna Rucker assaulted Mullins, the report said. Another female, Tiera Ellis, 18, was involved in the fight.
Ellis and Shiquanna Rucker were suspended from the school.
Mullins reported to school authorities that she had a bruise on her forearm she was concerned about and was also suffering chest and back pain. Darius Rucker was called to the office for questioning, and he apologized to Mullins, the report said. He was then suspended for five days and cited by the school resource officer for disorderly conduct.
Warrants for the arrest of Shiquanna Rucker and Ellis, of 250 Four Lakes Drive, Cleveland, were issued Monday.
Shiquanna Rucker will be charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a school employee and Ellis will be charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.