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12-year-old breaks into Clements Middle
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A 12-year-old reportedly broke into Clements Middle School Sunday.

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the middle school on Jack Neely Road around 6 p.m. in reference to an alarm.

NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison said deputies checked the premises and located an unsecure door at the rear of the building by the gym, which had signs of forced entry. She said the door window was also damaged and had multiple fractures to the glass, which, Morrison said, "was a clear indication to the deputies that somebody had either broken in successfully or had attempted to."

Deputies met with an assistant principal at the school, who came to the scene to let deputies into the building. Once inside, Morrison said they looked at video surveillance footage.

"While they were looking at the video, the assistant principal noticed that there was a white male on location and was able to identify him as one of the students," Morrison said.

Once the assistant principal identified the juvenile, Morrison said the crime scene and criminal investigation divisions came out to the scene.

"Crime scene came out and collected evidence at the scene, including blood from the door.

"Apparently, the suspect was cut while he was making entry," she said.

Morrison said investigators went to the young males’ house, which Morrison said was nearby, and positively identified him as the one in the video.

The juvenile was charged with second-degree criminal damage to property and second-degree burglary.

Deputies were unable to determine a motive and they were unable to determine whether anything was stolen, Morrison said. She said after juvenile complaints were filed, the 12-year-old was released back to his mother.