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Student charged with having knife on campus

CONYERS -- An 18-year-old student at the Open Campus on West Avenue was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of a knife on campus.

An officer with the Conyers Police Department was at the school, which is in a former shopping center, Wednesday morning when he was approached by the principal, who said he had seen two students hide behind a yellow box-style truck in the parking lot.

Officers questioned the students, who said they were "hanging out" because they had missed part of class and they were waiting for their next class to begin. When questioned by police, Joseph O'Neill, of 1769 Hickory St., Conyers, allegedly admitted that he had a knife in his backpack.

Police found a folded pocket knife with a 3-inch blade in his backpack. O'Neill reportedly said he didn't know he couldn't have a knife at school.

He was arrested, charged with carrying a weapon within a school safety zone, and taken to the Rockdale County Jail.

The other student was not charged.

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maryinga 1 year, 8 months ago

He didn't know he couldn't have a knife at school? Where has he been in the past 10 years?

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Frizzlefry 1 year, 8 months ago

where has he been the past 10 years? Just hangin' out.

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Elmo 1 year, 8 months ago

He's been in training as a future Low Information Voter.

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jiminycricket 1 year, 8 months ago

So now the student is not in class and in jail. Does this kid have a record or a history of violence or is he just a victim of brain dead zero tolerance policies. It was a pocket knife. Take the knife and send him to class.

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1ayk 1 year, 8 months ago

A pocket knife with a three inch blade. History or record of violence? Brain dead zero tolerance. What would you say had he used it on or threatened someone with it? Take the knife, put him in jail and maybe he and others will understand rules are to be followed. Where were you when the policies were put in place and have you challenged them in the past? Arm chair quarterbacks, I love it. If he was so interested in class, why did he miss the first one?

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Clark 1 year, 8 months ago

A three inch blade is small, smaller than his palm most likely. What's next? No more textbooks allowed because someone beats or threatens someone with one?

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1ayk 1 year, 8 months ago

If it happens you never know, that's the growing mentallity here. Kids now days are more likely these days than ever before. You read daily about kids being uncontrollable in school and the school has it's hands tied. Knife size doesn't matter.

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Clark 1 year, 8 months ago

The school has its hands tied because they won't grow a backbone and tell the parents when to shove off. The administration is so afraid of a lawsuit, they'll bend over backwards until they literally can't ignore the problem any more. Then they implement ridiculous zero-tolerance policies that let the bad kids keep getting away with the same stuff which is right to the limit, but not over, and punish the good kids for the occasional "oops" moment, that EVERYONE has. You also end up with situations like the student being threatened with suspension for the video of the fight. The only reason the school doesn't want that shown is because it's embarrassing, and means they can't ignore the problem (until things get quiet again). How exactly is using a cellphone a suspendable offense? Because the rules say they are, or because an ineffective administration can't enforce the other rules that already exist, so they "do something" because "something should be done."

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1ayk 1 year, 8 months ago

Save the rod spoil the child. Create more thugs to threaten those kids who want to learn. But, of course I will be accused of profiling. Or, maybe he is being bullied. Then why not tell the authorities? It is his parents fault, it is society's fault and let's not forget, Bush 43!

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Tiger 1 year, 8 months ago

Didn't say anything about him threaten anybody with the pocket knife, and reading your post I'm not sure why you would think that someone would accuse you of profiling, unless your intentions were to profile by using the word “THUG”, and at least the "THUG" as you call him, cooperated with the officer by telling him that he had the knife.

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1ayk 1 year, 8 months ago

If the shoe fits wear it. You try to defend a growing ellement of blame everyone but themselves, just society. He more than likely informed the officer because it was going to be searched anyway. I admit at least he was smart in that way. Rules are rules. If you don't like the rules change them. By the way I like the word thug, it decribes those who are causing so much grief in this county. Maybe he was stopped in time, I'll error on the side of preventative measures. If he is innocent (though he still broke the rule) he will be exonerated. No one put him in this situation but himself.

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Elmo 1 year, 8 months ago

A lot of the guys carried pocketknives when I was in school, but the worst thing they were ever used for was carving your initials into the top of your desk. But if you were caught, they would take away your knife and your parents would have to appear with you before the principal to get back. Usually, responsible parents told the principal to just discard the knife, and when you got home the parents would take the necessary steps to insure that your desk -carving days were over.

It's the raising, not the schooling, that makes good citizens. Proper raising equipped youngsters to deal with the problems encountered in life, and at school, with violence.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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travelingman 1 year, 8 months ago

Knives are not that big of a deal on a cosmic scale. Do you mean to tell me that they are serious about these no knives rules? In Rockdale County no less. Get real. Carving initials in desks? That is a misuse of a knife. The word that you were trying to use was ensure, not insure. Benefits of an education. As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.

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Southside 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm not nearly as educated as you are, but even I know that "Benefits of an education." isn't a sentence.

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Frustrated 1 year, 8 months ago

"Knives are not that big of a deal on a cosmic scale" for that fact neither are you.

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Elmo 1 year, 8 months ago

If you weren't wound up so tight in your own ego, you might see past grammatical and spelling errors and occasionally try to GET THE POINT.

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Southside 1 year, 8 months ago

The point of everything he posts is him

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Lorenzo 1 year, 8 months ago

The "zero tolerance" rules in schools needs to be evaluated again. A student carrying a pocket knife is a clear violation that needs to be dealt with and in this case I believe the school dealt with it appropriately. I believe that "zero tolerance" has been taken to mean "abandoned common sense". Having the administration deal with each instance on a case by case basis would be more appropriate. On a different subject.....I love when TM posts. It's better than the comics. Always a great laugh.

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