Lexington Teen Dies After Fight With Schoolmate

A Lexington teenager's life has been cut tragically short. 15 year old Bobby Covert suffered a brain injury March 2 during a fight with another student at McCallie School, an elite all boys academy in Chatanooga, Tennessee.

After weeks in and out of a coma, the boy died late Tuesday niight. Before winning a scholarship to McCallie, Bobby Covert was a shining star at Lexington Traditional Magnet School, a straight A student who just seemed to excel at anything he set his mind to.

His former principal, Clay Goode, told 27 NEWSFIRST, "Bobby was a model student, very successful academically during his three years at LTMS. He was a star on the track team and also the math team. The kids here look back on the good times they had with him. They look at the example he set."

The halls of the school now are lined with posters featuring personal messages to Bobby. He clearly touched all those he came in contact with in life, and his family truly believes he will touch many more in death.

His mother, Carmen, says, "Something absolutely phenomenal is gonna come out of this. If our son's life can remind us about resolving issues without resorting to physical violence, we can be joyous. That's the message. We have absolutely no bitterness."

The pastors at Crossroads Christian Church encourage their flock to volunteer for projects that help others, but Bobby Covert never needed much encouragement.

His youth pastor at Crossroads, Tim Stephan, says, "Bobby was constantly a man of action, and my favorite thing about him is he wore this shirt that said ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS, and that's just the way he lived his life whether he has helping his mother feed the needy in downtown Lexington or serving the victims of Hurrican Katrina in Louisiana."

Bobby's mother has nothing but good things to say about McCallie School in Chattonooga despite the tragedy that transpired there, and has no plans to push for punishment of the boy who knocked her son to the floor in a disagreement over wiffle ball. Carmen Covert says, "I'm no judge. This is God's world, and he is a just God."

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  • by kaitlyn Location: lexington on Apr 8, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    Bobby was a pretty cool kid when we were growing up. i went to school with him in elementary school. he always had a smile on his face and a great personality. we miss Bobby and just know hes watching over everyone.
  • by Friend Location: Lexington on Dec 13, 2008 at 07:09 PM
    Bobby Covert was a good friend of mine throughout our LTMS years and, agreeing with Mr. Goode, the example he set was one that all of us hope to set. Earlier this week a teacher assigned us a personal memoir to write about someone that touched our lives. I'm proud to be able to write this memoir about my good friend, Bobby Covert. Knowing Bobby and his family has brought me a new found love of God and the wonderful people he puts on this earth. I am so happy to have known him and I'm so happy to be able to comfort and to have been comforted by his compassionate, truly compassionate, family. God bless.
  • by Carmen Location: Lexington on Nov 25, 2008 at 09:11 AM
    After 7 months I stumbled on your comments. My heart is so touched by the support shown in each of your kind remarks. Forgiveness is a very difficult act, but my faith has truly guided me through the process. My greatest hope is that the youth of today will be influenced to resolve issues without resorting to physical violence. My husband and I worked hard to teach this to our son and daughter.
  • by Kim on Apr 26, 2008 at 08:27 PM
    I think ALL of us should take lessons from this young man as well as his parents. Just from reading this story, it is clear that he was raised in an exceptional home with exceptional parents. We need more people and families like this one. God Bless them all.
  • by Allie Location: Lexington on Apr 26, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    I went to school with Bobby. I believe we even went to the same elementary school. He was a good guy who had alot going for him. He didn't diserve this. It's hard on everyone and all of us miss him. He did alot of good and was a great person and no one will forget that.
  • by Dynah Location: London on Apr 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    Not surprised that Bobby turned into such a nice young man with his mother as an example.I am sure the other boy will suffer daily knowing this fight ended Bobby's life.She is right,we are not to judge.I offer my prayers and sympathy to both families,especially Bobby's mother.
  • by here here Location: PIKEVILLE on Apr 25, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    What are people allowing their children to act out such as this situation? Some children are raised by those who have become lax and just letting the kids grow up with tv and video games for the passifiers. Please... THere are no reason for such things to happen. Parents, teach morals, respect, and compassion. What about learning compromise, and love. I realize alot of parents are wonderful and I am proud fellow humans are good enough to teach their children, and disappointed with those who do not.
  • by Big T on Apr 25, 2008 at 03:23 PM
    God Bless the young man's soul, such a senseless way to leave this world.
  • by Christ-follower Location: Lexington on Apr 25, 2008 at 02:20 PM
    To Bobby's Mom: You are exemplifying the HEART OF JESUS by being able to have the faith, the temperament, and the love of Christ in your heart to be able to truly forgive the child who caused the death of your own. I would like to say that I could do the same so quickly, but I don't know if I could so soon. A thought---in exchange for not pressing charges and forgiving him, I would ask his parents to speak with him one-on-one for an hour, and explain where you are able to draw the strength to not have him imprisoned from...and maybe you will lead him to give his life to Christ and get his sins forgiven by Jesus, including the death of your son. Wouldn't that truly be phenomenal?
  • by gale Location: Lancaster on Apr 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM
    Love and prayers to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. I only hope the young man that hurt / killed your son realizes that his actions took a life. That he has to live with for the rest of his life. maybe he needs anger management classes. You are a outstanding women to forgive. i do not think I could. i do hope that the TN school starts a awareness program that bad decisions and anger can lead to death.
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