Two Alcovy High School students were arrested and charged with terroristic threats following a small explosion caused by combustible fluids in the commons area of the school Tuesday morning.
A 16-year-old juvenile has been charged with aggravated assault, terrorist threats or acts, weapons in a school safety zone and disruption of a public school. Also charged in the incident is 17-year-old Kavarrio Maurice Leslie who was charged with criminal attempt to commit a terroristic act and weapons in a school safety zone.
The arrests stem from evidence collected at the school following the blast at roughly 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to Newton County Sheriff’s Department 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, a plastic bottle containing what investigators believe was cleaning fluids, ruptured in the commons area of the high school making a loud noise.
No one was injured in the blast but school resource officers and law enforcement officials, including Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown, converged on the school and the area where the blast took place was cordoned off for investigation. After the collection of evidence and after reviewing video of the area, investigators arrested the two teens.
Multiple sources have told The News that several similar bottles were scattered around the school, but only the one in the commons area burst. When asked, Mitchell said he had "no knowledge of that."