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CONYERS — An 18-year-old male was arrested on Sept. 19 after being found with a handgun in his backpack during school hours in woods behind Salem High School.

According to a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy spotted three males in the wood line behind Salem High about 9:53 a.m. on Sept. 19. He made contact with the trio, which was walking toward the school.

When he asked why they were in the woods, they told him they were in their free period. He advised them to go back to school.

The deputy then contacted the School Resource Officer, also a deputy, at Salem and advised him that several students should be walking toward the school from the woods adjacent to the football field.

The deputies met at the back of the school and when the students didn’t appear, went into the woods to locate them. They made contact with six male teens ages 15-18.

As the deputies approached, they observed one of the males stuff something down his pants. When asked what it was, the male allegedly told them he had put a marijuana cigarette in his pants. He retrieved it and put it on the ground as instructed.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.