Stu­dents ar­rested for weapons at school

Male teens, 15, charged at NHS and EHS

The Covington News - - Local news -

A 15-year-old male stu­dent at New­ton High School was taken into cus­tody Sept. 17 af­ter a teacher no­ticed him with what turned out to be a home­made shank.

Ac­cord­ing to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an alert ad­min­is­tra­tor no­ticed the stu­dent was hold­ing some­thing sus­pi­cious around his wrist area. When the ad­min­is­tra­tor moved closer he no­ticed it was a sharp metal ob­ject, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Con­tact was made with the stu­dent by deputies and they found that along with the shank — a home­made knife — taped to his wrist, he had an­other shank on him as well. The stu­dent was de­tained and pro­cessed, then was turned over to ju­ve­nile au­thor­i­ties. The ju­ve­nile was charged with hav­ing weapons in a school safety zone.

At East­side High School a 15-year-old boy was ar­rested af­ter an ar­gu­ment with an ad­min­is­tra­tor re­vealed youth had a knife on him.

Mitchell said a NCSO deputy on duty as a re­source of­fi­cer at EHS was called to help out with a dis­tur­bance in­volv­ing a dis­rup­tive stu­dent around 4 p.m. Fri­day.

The stu­dent had ex­ited the school and was re­port­edly try­ing to reen­ter the build­ing and when the ad­min­is­tra­tor told him he could not come back in, the stu­dent al­legedly be­came bel­liger­ent.

When the deputy came to speak with the stu­dent he con­tin­ued be­hav­ing irately with the deputy, ac­cord­ing to

the re­ports, and was sub­se­quently taken into cus­tody. While be­ing searched, the deputy al­legedly found a 6-inch knife on the boy.

The ju­ve­nile was charged with hav­ing weapons in a school safety zone and ob­struc­tion of of­fi­cers/re­sist­ing ar­rest.

“Weapons of any kind are not per­mit­ted on school prop­erty,” said Sherri Viniard, New­ton County Schools pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor. “Stu­dents found in pos­ses­sion of a weapon are dis­ci­plined ac­cord­ing to the hand­book and au­to­mat­i­cally re­ported to law en­force­ment.”

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