News 12 at 11 / Saturday, March 29, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A Richmond County student is learning his lesson on why certain things aren't allowed on school grounds.
Earl Donte Jackson was arrested at Butler High School after a search on his car revealed a gun and weed were inside. News 12 talked to police about the arrest and why Jackson will be charged as an adult.
The school system's police chief says he won't be charged as a minor because he's 19 years old.
The high school senior is now in jail after a gun and marijuana were allegedly found in his car while he was in school.
"It could've been worse... That could've be worse, but they were on top of it and that was a good thing," Sharda Price said.
Prince doesn't have high school age children yet, but she does live near Butler High School.
"What are the kids thinking? Why are they bringing guns to school," she asked.
Prince says even though the .22 caliber gun didn't make inside the building she can understand why parents could be concerned.
"Every morning you wake up sending your kids to school thinking what can happen? Something can happen, because it's happened everywhere," Prince said.
"We dealt with the situation," Chief Alfonzo Williams said.
Williams is Richmond County Schools' top cop. He said being a parent himself, he understands how moms and dads worry when a gun is on school property, but in this case no one was in immediate danger.
"It was isolated. The gun was in the car and the student volunteered the information," he said.
Williams says a red flag always comes up when a gun or drugs are found on or around school grounds, but a routine procedure proved protocol works.
"The officer and the administration were out checking the parking lot," Williams said.
At the time, school officials were combing the student parking lot Jackson's silver Honda came into question. A silver .22 caliber semi automatic gun and some weed were found. A find Prince says is timely, because guns and drugs in the wrong hands can be a bad combination.
"It is a good thing that they are on their job really doing what they are supposed to do," she said.
Butler High School's principal said student safety is his a top priority . He said he's glad the student was taken in without incident and now the courts will have to deal with his punishment.