October 15, 2013

Georgia man sentenced for instigating school fight


Associated Press

DECATUR — A man who was recorded encouraging his 12-year-old daughter to fight a 14-year-old girl in a video that was uploaded to YouTube has been sentenced to 24 months in jail.

DeKalb County Solicitor’s spokeswoman Terri Clark says 45-year-old Timothy Taylor pleaded guilty Monday to simple battery, reckless conduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Clark says Taylor is ordered to serve 60 days of his sentence in jail, participate in 200 hours of community service and attend parenting classes.

Authorities say Taylor drove his daughter to a Clarkston bus stop to have her fight a Tucker Middle School classmate.

He was recorded encouraging his daughter to fight and telling other students not to intervene. The girl’s mother was also present for the fight, but her charges were dropped.