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12-year-old charged with breaking into Clements Middle School

COVINGTON — A 12-year-old middle school student has been arrested after he allegedly tried to break into his school’s gymnasium.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cortney Morrison said deputies responded to an alarm at Clements Middle School on Jack Neely Road just after 6 p.m. Sunday. When they got there, it appeared the door at the rear of the school’s gymnasium had been opened by force. The window on the door was also damaged with multiple fractures in the glass, Morrison said.

Deputies contacted the assistant principal who pulled up video surveillance footage.

“According to that, at approximately 6:07 p.m., they saw a white male arrive on the premises,” she said. “It appeared that once the alarm sounded, the individual immediately ran out of the building.”

Morrison said the assistant principal immediately recognized the boy as being one of the students at the school.

Investigators arrived at the school and collected evidence, including a blood sample from the gym door window, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Investigators then went to the boy’s home and charged him with second-degree burglary and criminal damage to property in the second degree, Morrison said.