Man arrested for bringing gun to SHS
by MATT QUILLEN
Nov 19, 2009 | 5387 views |  24 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SYLACAUGA – Police arrested a 20-year-old man Thursday for carrying a gun into Sylacauga High School.

According to a release from the Police Department, Jacorbri Demetrius Moon of Alexander City was taken into custody in the early morning. He was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal trespassing and giving false information to law enforcement.

Capt. Chris Carden, operations commander for Sylacauga P.D., said Moon was dropping off a student at the school.

“He went into the lunchroom with [the student],” Carden said. “Some members of the faculty noticed him and knew he wasn’t a student so they approached him.”

The release stated Moon was then escorted to the school office where the police were called.

The trespassing charge stemmed from the suspect giving a false name to the school and to police. This was a violation of the school’s guest policy.

“He gave a name different than his own to police,” Carden said. “Upon further questioning and after going through procedures, they determined his real identity.”

Police also discovered an unloaded pistol in Moon’s possession. Carden said he was not aware of a prior police record for Moon.

City Schools Superintendent Renee Riggins praised the school employees for being proactive.

“They’re very observant of the students,” she said. “They know the students that attend that school and when they see someone out of place, they act in a hurry. I think they did a wonderful job of keeping the students safe.”

Riggins said Moon was related to the student he was dropping off.

Moon was taken to police investigations for questioning. Carden said it was not determined why the suspect carried a weapon onto school grounds or why he gave a different name.

The charges against Moon were all misdemeanors. He was later released from the Metro Jail on $3000 bond.

Student Services Coordinator Kelly Lakey said school faculty must always be aware of safety concerns.

“We have contingency plans in place on what to do in different incidents,” she said. “In this situation, the teachers did exactly what they have been trained to do. They prevented what could have been a much more serious situation.”