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Portal student arrested at school
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    A Portal Middle-High School teen was arrested Thursday after causing a disturbance at school, said Portal Police Chief Jason Sapp.
    The 14-year-old boy was under the influence of Xanax he had stolen from his aunt, and he got into a verbal argument with a teacher, he said.  The teen had returned to school for in-school suspension (ISS) following a true suspension last week for fighting, he said.
    Then, while left alone for a brief moment in the principal's office, the boy stole a pocket knife from the principal's desk. And while still in the principal's custody, the teen threatened in front of witnesses to kill his own mother, Sapp said.
    After the boy's mother, as well as law enforcement, had been called to the school, it was apparent the teen was under the influence of a drug, likely Xanax, of which he was found in possession, he said. Further investigation resulted in the boy's arrest. He was first taken to the Bulloch County Jail, then to the hospital for evaluation, and finally, to Claxton Regional Youth Detention Center ( CYDC).
    The teen was charged with unruly juvenile, felony theft by taking a Schedule IV drug; theft by taking, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon on school property, and obstruction, according to Bulloch County Jail records.    
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.
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