COVINGTON, Ga. — Two men were arrested Monday, Dec. 6, after they walked onto the Newton High School campus with one carrying a BB gun air pistol.
Damontay Marchico Hampton, 19, and Jamel Rayshan Weaver, 19, both of Covington, were arrested on a series of charges after a school resource officer found Hampton with a Glock replica BB air pistol around 8 a.m. in the school's Student Service Center.
The incident prompted officials to place Newton High School on preventative lockdown Monday morning "due to two individuals who were not students and who were not authorized to be on campus," said spokesperson Sherri Partee of the Newton County School System.
"The two individuals were apprehended prior to entering the building. School resource officers and school administrators handled the situation quickly and criminal charges are pending," Partee said.
A report stated the pair told a school administrator they were students and "they are new here to the school." The administrator then called for a school resource officer after having trouble identifying them in school system records.
Both were taken to the Newton County Detention Center where they were being held Tuesday.
Hampton was charged with Carrying a Weapon in a School Safety Zone. Both were charged with Criminal Trespass and Giving a False Name to a Law Enforcement Officer, according to jail records.
No information was given about why they were at the school.