School Crime Report for Dec. 7, 2012

The Newton County Sheriff's Office provides School Resource Officers to each high school and middle school in Newton County. The following is a list of reports filed by these officers that have been received recently by the Newton Citizen:


-- On Nov. 28, around 11:51 a.m., a cell phone was taken from a student's belongings.

-- On Sept. 14, a student reported a cell phone missing from her book bag.


-- On Nov. 6 around 3:45 p.m. while working on reports, a school resource officer was summoned to the office and shown a video of a student hitting another student while on the bus. The officer informed the parent of the student who was attacked that if she wanted to file simple battery charges, she could do so. The next day she called to say she did not wish to press charges.

-- On Nov. 13 around 8:10 a.m. the school resource officer responded to a physical altercation between two students and separated the two. Both students were taken to the front office and seen by the school nurse. The student found to be the aggressor was charged with simple battery under a juvenile complaint.

-- On Nov. 15 around 3:50 p.m. while working after school bus traffic, a resource officer was informed of one student hitting another student while at the bus ramp. He asked for a detailed written report and said the suspect will be charged with aggravated battery.

-- On Nov. 29 around 7:30 p.m. an NCSO deputy was called to a home on Deep Springs Road where it was reported that a male juvenile was assaulted on Nov. 15 at Newton High School by two other juveniles between the hours of 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

-- On Nov. 28, around 2 p.m. a resource officer was summoned to the administrator's office and shown a clear bag with some green leafy substance in it which was received from a student. The student will be charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

-- On Nov. 29, a parent notified a school resource officer that his child arrived home from school with scratches on his neck which were not present when he left for school that morning. The student is unable to communicate verbally; therefore, he cannot provide any information pertaining to the incident.

-- On Nov. 30 around 9 a.m. a school resource officer was informed by a teacher that a counterfeit $20 bill was collected during a transaction between two students. The officer retrieved the bill and requested a detailed statement from the teacher. The unknown suspect will be charged with forgery in the second degree.

-- On Nov. 30 around 8:15 a.m. a school resource officer discovered a student smoking marijuana on the steps of the school leading to the track. He subsequently arrested three students, transporting Keithen Kortez Jones, Christean Marquelle Cobbs and a juvenile to the Newton County Detention Center. All were charged with drug possession within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

-- On Nov. 30, a student called from home to say she was at a game at Newton High School and had placed her cell phone down and when she turned back around, it was gone. The Apple iPhone4 was valued at $400.


-- On Nov. 11 a resource officer was called to Clements Middle School to investigate a verbal altercation between two students.


-- On Nov. 29, a parent went to the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report that her son had been assaulted while at Flint Hill Elementary School.


OnToday 2 years, 9 months ago

Multiple violent episodes, drugs, forgery, theft....my God what is going on in this county? And no, not all schools are like this so spare me that excuse. These kids are being raised by morons. Or not being raised at all. Disgraceful.


John 2 years, 9 months ago

A required reading booking in my high school days was the "The Lord of The Flies by William Golding". This writing depicts what disastrous results can & will happen when young people are left alone to govern themselves. This should be required reading before anyone goes forth & multiplies.


TheUpside 2 years, 9 months ago

And the school system says give us more money more money more money. Give us money to put teacher microphones around their necks - oh if the children can hear me better they will behave NOT! NO TO SPLOST MARCH 19th. I now agree.


SharonBlock 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm glad to see that AHS was not in the crime report for special brownies no they have passed the tourch to NHS. What is wrong with these people ? I am very concerned. I'm telling you I think its a good idea to have a substance abuse counselor on staff at every high school. Just saying.


OnToday 2 years, 9 months ago

Is it coincidence that there is a new principal in place and crime rates drop at AHS? I don't believe in coincidences.


MamaTurd 2 years, 9 months ago

I think OnToday has a good point. LaQuanda Carpenter leaves Alcovy High School and the problems at least for now are simmering down. Maybe the new principal is doing something different with disciplining students. The numbers reported in weekly school crime at least are down since she left.


John 2 years, 9 months ago

Do you really think that a "pinch hitting" principal can simmer things down in such a short time. This is like saying the students will behave better when a substitute teacher shows up for a day or two or three. I say NOT! A better measure of effectiveness would be how many students were in sent to ISS before & now. with the pinch hitter.


OnToday 2 years, 9 months ago

You obviously have no idea about school leadership. If a "pinch hitter" has no effect then why hire one? Yes I have heard from people in the building that there have been many changes already. Good leaders CAN and do bring significant change.


ThePublicGood 2 years, 8 months ago

Wow - 17.5 days of school in the month of November if you take out the early release day and five days off for Thanksgiving and look at these crime numbers. Hunter Hall - are you still selling NCSS? Wow just wow. @John I do think there is a little truth here to it. The student body from what teachers are saying finally fear a principal in Mr. Lee and in the case of Alcovy High they need to fear a principal. THey have not done so in years so teachers say he is helping the overall tone and climate to settle down and putting some fear of God in the kids - a great thing and a way to help teachers. So you have a lot of truth in what you say but in this case I think he has immediately set a tone for kicking real butt.


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