The Valdosta Police Department
VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Police Department released the following:
At approximately 10:30 a.m. today, Tearrance Demond Wrice, a 17-year-old Valdosta resident was arrested on four felony charges, according to Valdosta police.
Wrice is a junior at Valdosta High School.
On this date, a student was inside the school when a VHS coach spoke to him about smelling smoke on his person. The student voluntarily emptied his pockets when questioned by the coach and a pocket knife was located in one of the student's pockets.
A subsequent search of the student’s book bag produced a Co2 style BB Pistol which resembled a Walther 9mm handgun. The student 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.
The student continued to flee the area with a VHS coach and two school resources officers in pursuit. The student was detained in the median of the roadway at the intersection of Perimeter Road and North Forrest Street. The BB gun was not discharged and no injuries were reported.
Wrice has been charged with the following four felonies: Two 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.
A photograph of the BB gun has been included with this release to show the close resemblance to an actual 9mm handgun.