A 14-year-old male who refused to go to school on Wednesday possessed a tactical load bearing vest, and four students detained Thursday, including one adult student, were found near Oak Ridge High School in a car that contained drugs, a ski mask, and a hatchet, authorities said.
The news comes less than one day after the Oak Ridge Police Department announced it seized a stolen, loaded gun from the car of a student who had allegedly caused a disturbance at Oak Ridge High School and said a knife had been seized from a student during an altercation on a school bus.
In a Thursday morning press release, the ORPD said officers responded to a report of an unruly juvenile at a home on Baypath Drive at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“When officers arrived, they met with the mother and older sibling of a 14 year-old juvenile male who had refused to go to school,” the press release said. “Officers interviewed the juvenile and noted he was in possession of a tactical load bearing vest. Officers ultimately assisted in transporting the juvenile to the Methodist Medical Center emergency room for an evaluation, as well as coordinating with Juvenile Court authorities and referring the incident to DCS for follow-up. No criminal charges were filed. However, the investigation remains ongoing, and no further details will be released at this time.”
Then, at about 8 a.m. Thursday, Oak Ridge High School and Alternative School staff reported that an adult male Alternative School student had left campus with three juvenile male high school students, the release said.
“ORPD School Resource Officer Sherrill Selby immediately located the vehicle parked in a lot adjacent to the high school and contacted all four students, along with five additional officers who responded to her location,” the release said.
“After observing a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, all four students were detained for further investigation,” it said. “Officer Selby ultimately seized several cell phones, drug paraphernalia, controlled substances, a hatchet and a ski mask from the vehicle.
“The adult male, identified as Devin-Jose Campone, was arrested for simple possession of controlled substances in a school zone, possession of drug paraphernalia in a school zone, possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor(s). A second juvenile male was arrested for resisting a stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search. The other two juveniles were escorted to the high school administrative offices and released to school officials, who were contacting the juveniles’ parents and referring the incident for administrative disciplinary hearings. The investigation remains ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.”