Teen Accused Of Bringing Loaded, Sawed-Off Shotgun To School
Posted: 5:02 pm EDT May 12, 2009Updated: 5:57 pm EDT May 12, 2009
ATHENS, Ga. -- A judge denied bond Tuesday for a young man accused of bringing a loaded, sawed-off shotgun into an Athens school.
Police said Tory Favors, 17, threatened another student with the weapon. The incident now has the school district changing its security policy.
"It's like we're sending our babies out to war every day and I guess my baby was trying to be a soldier but he did it in the wrong way," said the suspect's mother, Kisha Wright.
Wright admitted Favors had fallen in with the wrong crowd, but said she didn't believe it when she first heard about the incident S.O.A.R. Academy.
The police report said there was a physical altercation between another student and Favors.
"When he grabbed the gun out of the bag, he started to take it out of the bag and said, 'Do you want some of this?' and that constituted, in our opinion, a charge of aggravated assault," said Capt. Clarence Holeman with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
Wright said she wants to know how her son got the gun in the school. Students are screened with metal detecting wands and bookbags are forbidden. The school system said a staff member did take away Favors' bag. School officials are investigating how he got his bag back.
Favors was denied bond Tuesday.
"I think that might have been a good thing, in a way. So that he can kind of sit and think about what is going on and what he's done," said Wright.
Wright claims her son was bullied at other schools and felt intimidated at S.O.A.R. -- where every student has a record of trouble.
"I think he just wanted to make the situation stop so he can get away and be left alone," said Wright. "He's not a bad child, he's just kind of lost."
Favors has been charged with five felony counts.
The school system said next year, there will be walk-through metal detectors in the school.