Student charged with knife at school

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — A North Clayton High School student is being held in the Clayton County Jail on charges he brought a knife to school and ran when confronted.

Deputies from the Clayton County Sheriff's Office caught Romelo Antonio Goss and brought him to jail, according to warrants issued from Magistrate Court.

Goss, 17, of Jonesboro is charged with having a weapon on school property and obstruction of an officer. He made his first appearance in Magistrate Court Tuesday and got a $4,000 bond on the charges.

Judge Tammi Long Hayward told Goss to return to court April 4 for a preliminary hearing. Hayward also appointed a public defender to represent Goss.

The arrest warrant alleges Goss had a knife with a blade longer than 2 inches inside his book bag at the school Monday about 11:45 a.m. Police said the assistant principal conducted a random class check and found the knife.

When Goss was called to the office about the knife, police said he ran away.

Clayton County court records show this is not Goss' first brush with the law. He was out on $2,000 bond from a February theft by taking arrest. Police said he took two weed eaters, an axe and a gas can from someone's yard without permission. The case was bound over to Clayton County State Court where it is on the April 22 arraignment calendar.

About three weeks later, Goss was arrested for possession of drug objects. State Court records show the charge was dropped in early March.