By Greg Gullberg
May 08, 2013
Photo: Valdosta Police Department
Valdosta, GA - 17-year-old Tearrance Wrice is behind bars because of what he allegedly brought to Valdosta High School in his backpack.
Valdosta Police say one of the coaches smelled marijuana and started questioning Wrice. In his backpack they found marijuana, a pocket knife and a BB gun. Police say the BB Gun resembles a Walther Nine millimeter handgun.
That's when coaches say Wrice started running. He took off through the school's football practice field Wednesday, and was finally caught on Perimeter Road.
Wrice was arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail, and charged with four felonies. He could be fined up to $10,000 and spend ten years in jail.
He's also been suspended from school for ten days during which time there will be a tribunal hearing to determine his ultimate fate.
According to a PIO for Valdosta City Schools:
Tearrance Wrice has been suspended for 10 days after bringing a gun, knife and marijuana on campus.
There will be a tribunal hearing to decide his ultimate punishment.
In the student code of conduct, as per Georgia state law, he will be fined up to $10,000 and/or face imprisonment between two and ten years.
By: Greg Gullberg
A local teen is accused of bringing weapons and drugs to school, and is now behind bars.
That student was arrested this morning at Valdosta High School.
A coach at the high school says the student ran through a practice field after it was discovered what he was allegedly carrying a knife and a BB gun.
Authorities say the student also had marijuana on him.
17-year-old Tearrance Wrice faces four felonies.
Coaches at Valdosta High School say they smelled marijuana on him and searched his backpack, where the weapons were found.
That's when coaches say Wrice took off running.
He was later caught, arrested, and is still in the Lowdnes County Jail.
Press Release: Valdosta Police Department
On May 8, 2013, at approximately 10:30 am, Tearrance Demond Wrice, a 17 year old Valdosta resident was arrested on four felony charges. Wrice is a Junior at Valdosta High School.
On this date, Wrice was inside the school when a VHS coach spoke to him about smelling smoke on his person. Wrice voluntarily emptied his pockets when questioned by the coach and a pocket knife was located in one of Wrice’s pockets. A subsequent search of Wrice’s book bag produced a Co2 style BB Pistol which resembled a Walther 9mm handgun. Wrice advised the coach the gun was a BB gun but then grabbed the gun and ran out of the school onto the football practice field area with the BB gun in his possession. Wrice continued to flee the area with a VHS coach and two school resources officers in pursuit. Wrice was detained in the median of the roadway at the intersection of Perimeter Road and N. Forrest Street. The BB gun was not discharged and no injuries were reported.
A photograph of the BB gun has been included with this release to show the close resemblance to an actual 9mm handgun.
Wrice has been charged with the following four felonies:
2 Counts of Possession of a Weapon on School Property (Knife and BB gun)
1 Count of Disruption of Public School
1 Count of Possession of Marijuana on School Property
Wrice is currently being held at the Lowndes County Jail pending a court appearance.