By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — The son of former Clayton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Heatley was arrested for allegedly bringing a knife to school Tuesday.
Anthony G. Heatley, 18, of Jonesboro made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon. He has been charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property.
Judge Tammi Long Hayward set a $10,000 bond on the charge and appointed Heatley a public defender. Heatley told Hayward he would be able to post bond but as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clayton County Jail records listed him as an inmate.
Hayward also told Heatley he is not to return to Jonesboro High School, where he is a senior.
The former superintendent attended the hearing but didn't want to comment on his son's case. He appeared to approve of the enforcement of the district's zero tolerance on weapons possessions, however.
"They did it right," said Ed Heatley.
The warrant issued by Clayton County Magistrate Court alleged that Heatley had in his possession a 3-inch pop blade at Jonesboro High School. He was arrested about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Heatley faces a $10,000 fine and up to five years in prison if convicted of the charge.
State law makes it a felony for anyone to possess a weapon on school property. Prohibited weapons include any knife with a blade of two or more inches.
Heatley was superintendent of Clayton County Schools from July 1, 2009, until Sept. 30.
Clayton County Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Mary Baker and member Alieka Anderson said Wednesday afternoon they were unaware of the arrest. They declined to discuss the case.
"We cannot talk to you about student issues," said Baker.
Although the arrest was made at school, Anderson described the alleged incident as a "family matter."
"That's a family matter and we don't want to make any comment," she said.
Education reporter Johnny Jackson contributed to this report.