Students charged with drugs, fighting at school

COVINGTON — One female student has been arrested and another is facing juvenile charges in connection with a fight at Eastside High School.

A teacher and two school resource officers with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office broke up a fight between a 14-year-old juvenile and 17-year-old Brittany Bruce around 8:15 Wednesday morning, according to NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander.

“They were fighting in front of the counselor’s office, which caused a large crowd to congregate,” he said.

Bruce, of 2398 Ga. Highway 142, was arrested and charged with affray. The juvenile also faces juvenile charges of affray, Alexander said.

In other school news, Jamar Patterson, 18, of 265 Five Oaks Drive, was arrested at Alcovy High School and charged with possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.

Alexander said another student passed an administrator as he was entering the school Wednesday morning when the administrator noticed the smell of marijuana.

“The administrator asked the student if he had been smoking pot and the student told him no, but that he rode in a car to school with Patterson and another student,” Alexander said.

The school administrator then searched all three students but didn’t find any drugs. Administrators then went to the parking lot to search Patterson’s vehicle.

“During the search, another administrator found what was suspected to be marijuana inside a white grape-flavored cigarillo pack,” Alexander said. “The student did admit to the deputy on duty that it was his marijuana.”

In Rockdale County, a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy was reportedly head-butted by a student being escorted to the front office at the Alpha School after the student pushed the bus driver.

“When the deputy assigned to the school was taking the juvenile to the office, he became very aggressive and fought the deputy,” said RCSO Investigator Michael Camp. “After head-butting the deputy, the juvenile was placed in handcuffs.”

The juvenile was transported to Juvenile Court and charged with simple battery against a school employee and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.