T.W. Josey High School student arrested after altercation with Richmond County school safety officer

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 5:40 PM
Last updated 5:42 PM
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A T.W. Josey High School student was arrested on campus Tuesday after an altercation with a school safety officer.

De’Vante Demario Blount, 17, was charged with possessing weapons on school property, simple assault and disruption of public school.

According to an incident report, Officer Derek McClendon told Blount to leave the cafeteria after he made a disrespectful comment to a female student.

When Blount refused and started using profanity, McClendon handcuffed the student and escorted him to a patrol car to place him under arrest for disrupting a public school.

Blount continued using profane language, including telling the officer he would “kill (McClendon) once he’s released from jail,” according to the report.

McCLendon drove Blount to the front office and found a 3-inch black knife in the student’s back pocket during a pat down.

Blount was suspended pending a tribunal hearing, according to the report.

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raul
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raul 02/01/12 - 06:53 pm
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How about adding the charge

How about adding the charge of conveying a threat.

oldenoughtoknowbetter
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oldenoughtoknowbetter 02/01/12 - 06:55 pm
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YDC then prison.
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YDC then prison.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/01/12 - 07:56 pm
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17 years old and threatening

17 years old and threatening the police. I guess he's "crazy" too, huh? Some people just need a good old-fashioned butt whoopin'! Unfortunately, it's probably way past time for this "kid".

Remove him from society before he carries out his threat.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/01/12 - 08:33 pm
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Suspended? Is that all? Why

Suspended? Is that all? Why wasn't this kid arrested and jailed by the RCSO?

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/01/12 - 08:55 pm
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Now fatboy...you know its

Now fatboy...you know its against the law to give a kid a butt whooping. The police rarely arrest disorderly teens...they pretty much have to commit murder for that to happen.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 02/01/12 - 09:00 pm
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He was patted down AFTER

He was patted down AFTER taking him to the office...come one now RCBOE Police, if this is a policy, it certainly needs to change immediately.

The weapons on school charge is a felony so he should get something from that.

As for the suspension pending tribunal - it is time Richmond County re-learn the word EXPELLED and remove those from the school system who would prefer at a younger age to be a part of the prison system.

younameit
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younameit 02/01/12 - 09:18 pm
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Well, Dr. Spinks, it's like

Well, Dr. Spinks, it's like this: Reasonable people use reasonable means to protect themselves from threats of bodily harm or death to themselves or third persons. Maybe, after the murder of 3 police officers in 3 months, and on the day of the funeral of the third, it did not seem reasonable to jail one who threatened to kill a fourth. Or maybe the decision to forbear arrest was not made by a reasonable person. And maybe whoever made such a hair-brained decision thinks that society should only act when the murder of an officer has already occurred. If so, this community should intensely scrutinize those in positions to make such decisions and demand accountability.

oldenoughtoknowbetter
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oldenoughtoknowbetter 02/01/12 - 09:14 pm
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Now y'all know Mr Blount is a
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Now y'all know Mr Blount is a victim, he could't help it.

happychimer
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happychimer 02/01/12 - 09:24 pm
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17 yr old commits a crime, he

17 yr old commits a crime, he goes to adult jail.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/01/12 - 09:42 pm
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Not so in Augusta

Not so in Augusta happychimer.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/01/12 - 09:44 pm
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And why does the AC still

And why does the AC still allow jasonbennett to post? They'd delete anyone else for those comments.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/01/12 - 11:52 pm
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Patty, what I was meaning was

Patty, what I was meaning was that the parent(s) need to give the kid a butt whoopin'..but it's way too late for that now. As far as arresting juveniles, the police are at the mercy of the juvenile authorities. The police cannot commit a juvenile to RYDC without permission. And basically, a juvenile has to commit murder or possibly robbery to be committed. So, if you ever get mad at the police for not taking a juvenile to "kiddie jail," direct your anger at the juvenile authorities. But, as for 'lil De’Vante, he's an adult as far as the law is concerned. He's going to big boy jail.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/01/12 - 11:52 pm
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And, yes Patty P, in Augusta,

And, yes Patty P, in Augusta, 17 year-olds go to jail.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 02/02/12 - 12:14 am
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Mugshot of Perp.
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Mugshot of Perp.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/02/12 - 01:57 am
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fatboy I know what you meant

fatboy I know what you meant and that's why I replied the way I did. And NO, a 17 year old can do pretty much whatever they want without getting arrested. Assault, sell drugs, trespass, rob, burglarize...and never get arrested.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/02/12 - 03:19 am
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KUDOS to the Josey High

KUDOS to the Josey High administration for protecting their staff member and to the RCSO for arresting this student. According to jail records posted online, Blount is incarcerated.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/02/12 - 03:28 am
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(F)atboyhog and Patty-P, Your

(F)atboyhog and Patty-P,

Your comments are consonant with my several experiences with the juvenile court in Columbia County, too.

If a CC juvenile is detained as a suspect in a crime, I'd wager that his/her chances of being locked up are greater if the crime is reported after 5 PM on a weekday Monday through Thursday, on a Friday afternoon, on a Saturday or on a Sunday. Do you "get my drift?"

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avidreader 02/02/12 - 05:49 am
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Let's look at the bright

Let's look at the bright side. A police officer was present and dealt with the situation. It could have been a real disaster had a teacher been forced to intervene. For some reason, lunchrooms have always been a hot spot for soaring tempers to explode. Dr. Wiggins at Josey is well aware and cudos to him for having an officer in the lunchroom at all times.

"Asitis" posted EXPELLED. This kid may be expelled and have to continue his education in a boot camp for wayward teens. However, we live among bleeding hearts who think differently, so, who knows . . .

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 02/02/12 - 08:00 am
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I guess all the 17 year-olds

I guess all the 17 year-olds that I have arrested were a figment of my imagination.

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JohnScott213 02/02/12 - 08:39 am
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For those of you knocking the

For those of you knocking the cops for not locking these juveniles up (17 years old IS old enough to go to adult jail), we don't have a say in who goes to RYDC. It is up to a Juvenile Intake officer, who makes the decision as to whether the juvenile should be committed or turned over to his or her parent or guardian. Believe me (Patty-P and others who don't think we do our jobs well enough), it is just as frustrating for us too, especially when the perception is that we aren't doing anything about juvenile crime. The system needs to be revamped, in my opinion, and the public needs to understand this. As for why this 17 year old wasn't locked up for a felony, I'm sure there were extenuating circumstances involved .

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Riverman1 02/02/12 - 08:33 am
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John Scott, when I was in the

John Scott, when I was in the Army we were involved in many undeclared guerrila wars. I know what one looks like when I see it. We have one going on here. You guys are our soldiers.

kc fan
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kc fan 02/02/12 - 08:49 am
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After 20 years in the Army

After 20 years in the Army and 18 years in education, it was hard to decide which profession was more dangerous!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/02/12 - 09:04 am
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fatboy I suppose your beat

fatboy I suppose your beat has never been S.Augusta. I know of several 17 year olds and one in particular who has committed every crime on the book and never been arrested, and again, over age 17. I think its the personal choice of the officer.

madgerman
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madgerman 02/02/12 - 09:31 am
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How did he handcuff him in
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How did he handcuff him in the lunch room and "drive him" to the front office?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/02/12 - 09:47 am
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JohnScott, thanks for the

JohnScott, thanks for the enlightenment. We ordinary citizens only know what we see, so it is nice to know the "why's" of how some things happen as they do.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/02/12 - 09:51 am
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madgerman; he escorted him

madgerman; he escorted him from the cafeteria and put him in the patrol car. He THEN drove around to the front office.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 02/02/12 - 09:53 am
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Ordinary citizens know what

Ordinary citizens know what they experience.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/02/12 - 09:57 am
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Yes we do Patty, but

Yes we do Patty, but sometimes there are reasons for what happens that we are unaware of, like Mr. Scott explained about the intake officer. Things are not always as they appear; though I trust my eyes and instincts.

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Boudreaux 02/02/12 - 10:58 am
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Between this and officials

Between this and officials turning a blind eye on the brawl I'm thanking the lord, this morning, that I don't have kids. Who, that cared,would want to send their kids into these crime zones we're calling schools?! In the local high school they let everyone know the day before the drug dogs come in, and, guess what, no drugs. School officials look better that way, nevermind the good kids. Why can't these constant trouble makers be kicked out for good? Even if it means half the school. Build prisons for them, that's where they wanna be anyway. Create a few jobs in the process.

iLove
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iLove 02/02/12 - 04:22 pm
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What about the pill pushers
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What about the pill pushers in CC?

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