Arrests made at Newton schools

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.


amp72 3 years, 8 months ago

More fun at that zoo on Highway 36. Funny that Alcovy is just now cracking down on this garbage, only when they were forced to by negative publicity and pressure from the BOE. Had the administration cracked down from day one maybe they wouldn't be fighting an uphill battle.


Henrycounselor 3 years, 8 months ago

The bad press on Alcovy High school is a good reason that people will NOT want to move here so the Chamber is working but how is this working for you eh school system? How bad do you want good schools? Not bad enough.


Truckermother 3 years, 8 months ago

The entire community has a vote of NO confidence in the leaders at this school. How far will it go? Send her packing school board.


Truckermother 3 years, 8 months ago

It is sad when your neighbors are taking bets about how many fights there will be next week and how many kids will be arrested. Newton county is becoming the laughing stock of schools and noone can stop it but us. Please don't ask Mrs Carpenter to fix it because apparently we won't have ground to stand on let alone a school. We will have a detention center.

I can't believe that this is happeneing in Newton county. We need help!!!!!


Frustrated 3 years, 8 months ago

It really makes me wonder where these kids get this attitude. Going to beat someone up because they were supposedly talking about him and then threaten the Officer? Going to kill some because they said you dressed like a boy? Really? You really have to wonder where the parents are in these children's lives. Where do these kids learn all the bullying and threatening to solve problems? Respect and dignity for yourself starts at home.


NotResponsible 3 years, 8 months ago

The parents are at fault for allowing their children to misbehave when they are small. Unfortunately, a lot of the parents are just like the children and believe violence is the only way of life. The courts let them off too easily for physical abuse and murder but will punish a white collar offender(who does no physical harm) with higher fines and more jail time. The threat of jail is not a deterrent because they get three meals a day and don't have to work.


Grandcanyon 3 years, 8 months ago

You are right on the other hand you say it starts at home right? What happened to kids learn by example? Some of this could be the way that problems at home get solved. It is a shame that kids don't go to school to learn but to start fights. That is what's so distracting and as a parent im very concerned.

I am also very concerned about the lack of involvement with the Administration also it is almost like she doesn't care about what happening, the problem with that is when you do that kids know. They see no one cares and they take advantage. The involvement with Administration is lax at this school period. When rules are put into effect use them, not only for certain students for all.

The BOE cn only do so much and they do the best they can. We need more involvement with Admin and others to try and get this school back track not on America's most wanted.


amp72 3 years, 8 months ago

"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.'"

If I were the deputy I would have released the handcuffs. And then when he cam eat me stomped a mudhole in the 14 yr old's butt, something his parents apparently never did.


Truckermother 3 years, 8 months ago

Well chances are he didn't think or realize what a fool he was making of hisself. The other think is he really probably just thought he was COOL. Its to bad that these kids are making this school look so bad and not only that but the Administration is a quick second behind.

Prison 36 is what they will be calling this school soon due to the fighting and the Wardens lack of involvement with the kids. Who would have ever thought that this kind of chaos would have struck this severly at one of our local high schools?


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