Assault charges to be filed against student

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By Todd Martin

A fight at Shelby County High School on Monday left one sophomore on his way to the hospital and a senior in trouble with the sheriff's office.

"The student is an 18-years-old, and we are currently pursuing assault charges as an adult," Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said. "We will pursue a warrant as soon as the county attorney is ready."

Multiple sources familiar with the altercation said John Nehez, also known as J.J., reacted to something posted on Facebook about the status of his ex-girlfriend. Nehez and the girl recently had separated, and her Facebook status showed that, the sources said.

Nehez confronted Patrick Hargadon in the library and asked if he was responsible for posting the comment. Hargadon replied that he had.

Nehez then punched Hargadon in the jaw, breaking several bones.

Hargadon's father, Pat Hargadon, did not want to comment on the incident because of its personal nature.

Shelby County Public Schools Community Relations Coordinator Duanne Puckett said the district will look closely at the incident.

"It is our understanding that the sheriff's office is pursuing assault charges," she said. "The district will follow student discipline handbook procedures."

That means the student could be suspended, expelled or be transferred to the Education Center @ Cropper, she said.