Perry High junior charged after having BB gun on school grounds

bpurser@macon.comMay 16, 2014 

Demarian Dalton

WARNER ROBINS -- A 17-year-old Perry High School student was charged Friday with carrying a weapon within a school safety zone after he showed a BB gun to a fellow student in the school parking lot after hours the previous day.

Demarian Keyon Dalton, a junior, was being held Friday on the charge at the Houston County jail pending a bond hearing, Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said.

Principal Daryl Albritton asked Dalton about the BB gun Friday morning after he was notified that Dalton may have had a weapon on school grounds, Dykes said.

Dalton admitted to showing another student the BB gun, which was inside the trunk of a vehicle in the school parking lot, Dykes said.

Dalton has not been any trouble before, Dykes noted. But based on the state law and the school system’s zero tolerance policy, police had no choice but to charge him, he said.

“It’s just an unfortunate thing that happened.”

Dykes said the district attorney’s office has the authority to reduce or drop the charge. Dykes said he has briefed Houston County prosecutor Erikka Williams about the case. She could not be reached for comment.

Beth McLaughlin, a school system spokeswoman, said in an email that she could not answer specific questions about a particular student. But she said she could speak in generalities.

According to the school system’s policy, students who possess a weapon on campus will be subject to a minimum of a one calendar year suspension and will be referred to law enforcement officials, McLaughlin said.

“As always, any time there is a reported incident, our administrators investigate and discipline accordingly,” McLaughlin said. “Safety is always our No. 1 priority.”

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