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High School student indicted on multiple charges

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A Morrow High School student has been indicted by a Clayton County grand jury for allegedly carrying a handgun, nearly fifty bullets, and several small bags of marijuana on a county school bus.

Curtis Ford, 17, of Ellenwood, was indicted Wednesday. He was arrested Dec. 16, after he got off the school bus allegedly carrying a silver-and-black, Jennings .22 caliber handgun, a box of 48 bullets, and nine small bags of marijuana in his jacket, according to a Clayton County Police report.

"The offender also had a roach (left-over, smoked marijuana) inside of his right pants pocket," according to the report.

Prior to the incident, On Dec. 15, Morrow High School Principal Patricia Hill informed Clayton County Police that a student had overheard Ford tell another student that he was going to bring a gun to school the next day.

Police then arranged with school resource officers to have bus #815 rerouted to 2324 Lake Harbin Rd., Morrow, the following day. On Dec. 16 at 7:55 a.m., Clayton police detained the school bus at the Lake Harbin Road location, and instructed the students to exit the bus, the police report said.

Once students were off the bus, police searched Ford's clothing and located the drugs and gun, which had an altered serial number, according to court records.

According to police and court documents, Ford told police he was "just a delivery person" and was planning to get off of the bus at Morrow High School, located at 2299 Old Rex Morrow Rd., in Morrow, and walk to the Citgo gas station at 2692 Rex Rd., to deliver the weapon and drugs to an unidentified person.

"The offender stated he ... was going to deliver them [in exchange] for a Play Station 3 game, which he had already received," according to the police report.

Ford was arrested and transported to the Clayton County Jail. He was charged with carrying weapons on school property, criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark, possession of a pistol or revolver by a person under 18, and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

Ford's court-appointed attorney, Christine Vandross, could not be reached for comment.

An order for bond was issued on Jan. 5., according to court records, and Ford was released from the Clayton County Jail, according to jail authorities.

Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said Ford will likely go before Superior Court Judge Albert Collier for an arraignment in May.