ACWORTH – A student was arrested last week and charged with a felony after an assistant principal searched his car and found a pocket knife in the console.
Andrew Williams, 18, parked his car in the school parking lot at Allatoona High School the morning of Sept. 5. A campus officer received an anonymous tip from another student who claimed to have smelled marijuana coming from Williams’ car.
The officer notified assistant principal Sam Sanford, who called Williams into his office. Williams reportedly told Sanford that he did in fact drive the vehicle in question to the school that morning. Sanford went to the vehicle with Williams “and searched the car for marijuana,” according to the warrant.
“While searching the vehicle, Mr. Sanford located a pocket knife in the center console with a 3-inch blade,” the warrant states. It further states that Sanford smelled marijuana in the car but did not find any marijuana.
Williams told Sanford that he knew the knife was in the car and that he kept it there in case he was involved in an accident and needed to cut off his seat belt. The resource officer placed Williams under arrest and had him booked into the Cobb County jail on charges of “carrying a weapon within a school safety zone,” which is a felony.
If found guilty of this charge it is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and two to 10 years in prison.
Williams was released the next day on a $5,000 bond.
Allatoona High School is located on 3300 Dallas Acworth Highway.