A 17 year old St. Augustine High School student is facing ten days suspension from school after St. Johns County Sheriffâ€™s deputies, aided by K-9 officers, performed â€œnarcotics sniffsâ€ of student vehicles parked on the school campus.
When K-9 â€œJusticeâ€ alerted on the studentâ€™s JEEP Cherokee Thursday, a further search was conducted. Deputies discovered a hatchet lodged between the driverâ€™s door and seat.
When Deputy Sean Tice asked the student why he brought the hatchet onto campus, the student informed the officer that it was for â€œprotectionâ€, according to the incident report. The student claims that his vehicle had been broken into previously and he was concerned that it might happen again.
No criminal charges were filed at the time for possession of the weapon on school property; however, the student will be referred to the Discipline Committee for possible placement at Gaines Alternative School when he returns from his ten day suspension.