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 this week by the Newton Citizen:
ALCOVY HIGH SCHOOL
-- A deputy was called to a residence on Jan. 23 around 6:45 p.m. in reference to a theft of electronic equipment valued at $400 that had occurred at Alcovy High School.
-- A deputy was called to a residence on Jan. 24 around 7:15 p.m. by a parent in reference to an Alcovy High School student being bullied through harassing phone calls.
-- On Jan. 28, a student reported around 9 a.m. that her MP3 player was stolen from her belongings.
-- On Jan. 29 around 9 a.m. a student reported that her iPod pouch was stolen from her belongings the day before.
-- Two female students were involved in a physical altercation in the restroom of the school around 9:10. The school resource officer reported the two admitted to fighting, causing injuries to their face and hands. Both juveniles were charged with affray--fighting.
NEWTON HIGH SCHOOL
-- The school resource officer was informed on Jan. 25 by a parent that her son had his phone stolen while at school on Jan. 15. The victim said between the hours of 8:15 and 9:12 a.m., he had let a boy see his phone and then he feel asleep during his class. When he woke up, he asked the student for his phone, but the student told him he put the phone on his desk while he was sleeping. The victim did not know who took the phone.
-- An adult student -- Brenton Deuane Jones, 17, of 110 Dunning Keep -- was arrested and charged with battery after he struck another student in the mouth during a fight, causing injury and bleeding on Jan. 28 around 8:15 a.m. The injured student was transported to Newton Medical Center.
-- On Jan. 30 around 1:40 p.m. the school resource officer at Newton High was informed by administrators that a student had been found with a knife. The blade measured 8- -inches. The student was taken into custody as a juvenile and charged with weapon in a school safety zone and theft by taking.
-- On Feb. 1 around noon a student told the school resource officer that his cell phone was taken from the gym on Jan. 30 around 1:30 p.m. when it fell out of his pocket while he was sitting on the bleachers. He said he returned to the gym immediately after he discovered the phone missing but was unable to locate it.
-- On Feb. 6 a deputy was called to a residence where a parent reported that her son had run away from Newton High School.
INDIAN CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL
-- On Jan. 24 around 3 p.m. a deputy was called to the school to investigate a simple battery incident.
VETERANS MIDDLE SCHOOL
-- A 14-year-old student was assaulted on a school bus as it left Veterans Middle School by another 14-year-old student. The aggressor told deputies that the victim had more or less dared him in a Tweet to hit him, so he got on the bus and started punching the side of the victim's face repeatedly. There were no visible marks or scratches following the incident, but the aggressor was charged with simple battery as a juvenile.
LIVE OAK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-- A 7-year-old first-grader was observed by another student with a pellet gun in his book bag around the time school was dismissed on Feb. 6. The student immediately informed his teacher, who informed administrators and a school resource officer was called to the scene. The gun was not loaded and there were no pellets in the book bag. No charges were filed as the student did not bring the gun out from the book bag, nor did he threaten anyone with it.