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April 10, 2014

Student jailed for making wrist ‘weapon’

A Morris Innovative High School student is in jail awaiting a bond hearing after he was arrested Wednesday for making a “weapon” out of a wrist brace he wore to school, officials said.

Lakwon Nicholas Fleming, 17, of 110 Tarver St., Dalton, was charged Wednesday by the Dalton Police Department with carrying a weapon in school safety zones, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled to appear in Whitfield County Superior Court for a bond hearing on Tuesday.

According to a police report, a teacher at the school reported Fleming after learning he had sharpened the metal support slide in a wrist support brace, the kind of brace often worn for carpal tunnel syndrome.

“Fleming had cut the fabric on the end facing forward, making the metal piece accessible,” the report states. “Once exposed, Fleming had sharpened the metal into a point. This metal edge could be slid in and out approximately seven to eight inches. When slid in, it could be concealed and looked like a normal brace.”

The report states Fleming threw the device in the trash in separate pieces after it was discovered, but Fleming later told an officer he brought the device to school “for protection.” The report states Fleming said he hadn’t been bullied but wanted the device because of the evil in the world and “for protection from everyone.”

Weapons violations can result in school suspension as well as criminal prosecution. Discipline records for individual students are considered confidential.

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