COVINGTON -- School resource officers have made several arrests so far this week at Newton County high schools.
A 14-year-old Alcovy High School student was arrested Monday, March 19, and charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison.
Morrison said the student had been passing a note back and forth between him and his victim, who he thought had been talking about him. The note was discovered by a school administrator who notified the resource officer. The 14-year-old allegedly threatened to beat up the victim and told him others would possibly jump him. He also allegedly said the victim was being watched by others.
Morrison said the resource officer took the 14-year-old to his office and he had to repeatedly ask him to stay in the office as he kept trying to walk out.
"He became irate and belligerent and due to the juvenile's actions, he had to be put into handcuffs," Morrison said. "Once handcuffed, he continued to yell expletives and threaten the deputy saying, 'If I could get out of these handcuffs, all hell would break loose in here.'"
Juvenile Court was notified of the charges and the student was released to the custody of his parents.
On Tuesday, March 20, another incident occurred at AHS involving a 17-year-old female student who threatened to kill a fellow student because she had called her an inappropriate name.
Morrison said the student was in a meeting with counselors, the school resource officer and other staff when she allegedly became angry and made the statement that she wanted to kill another student. She said it was because the girl alleged that she "dressed like a boy" and called her an inappropriate name.
As the 17-year-old became more and more angry, the resource officer warned her that she should be careful what she said and asked if she understood she could get in a lot of trouble by making threats.
According to Morrison, "the girl said she knew, but didn't care and said, 'I'm going to teach her a lesson. I'm going to kill her.' She repeated the threat several times in front of the deputy."
The school is handling disciplinary action and warrants are being taken for pending criminal charges against the 17-year-old student, who is an adult.
Also, there was a "disturbance" reported at the school Tuesday afternoon while students were waiting to board buses. Morrison said one student swung at another and the other student pushed back, but no blows were exchanged. Teachers broke up the altercation, which did not rise to the level of a fight, Morrison said.
Also on Tuesday, a 16-year-old Eastside High School student was found to be in possession of marijuana. Morrison said another student reported seeing a male student "find" a bag of marijuana at the intersection of D and G halls at the end of first period.
Video surveillance tapes were viewed and the student was identified and observed picking up something and putting it in his pocket.
After a search of the school, the suspected student was found in his vehicle in the school parking lot, saying he and his passenger had been to McDonald's and just returned to the school.
The school principal searched the student, but failed to find any marijuana. The suspect then asked the school resource officer if he could retrieve a drink from his vehicle. When she allowed him to get the drink, she saw in plain view a crushed Sprite can on the driver's side floorboard of the student's vehicle. When asked about the can, the student picked it up and handed it to the resource officer, who then saw that it had been fashioned into a bong for smoking marijuana.
Morrison said the school resource officer then had probable cause to search the vehicle and was able to locate a small, clear bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
The student was charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce and possession of drug-related paraphernalia. The school will discipline him and he was released to the custody of his parents.