Teen arrested at school on gun, cocaine charges

November 10, 1994|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

A senior at Edmondson-Westside Senior High was arrested yesterday afternoon during class after school police said they found him with a loaded automatic handgun and more than 60 vials of crack cocaine.

Jerrod Darnell Gault, 17, of the 1500 block of Aisquith St. was charged as an adult with possession of a handgun and drug distribution.

"We're shocked by this," said Nat Harrington, a city school spokesman, who added that the seizure was one of the largest in memory.

The arrest comes one day after another 17-year-old student, Carroll Skipwith -- a leader of the basketball team at Southwestern High School -- was arrested at his family's apartment in a Lexington Terrace high-rise. Police charged him as an adult with drugs and weapons violations after they said crack cocaine, handguns and thousands of dollars were seized.

In yesterday's incident, Mr. Harrington said students tipped off school police about 1 p.m. that the youth may be armed Officers confronted the student, who surrendered the handgun, a .25-caliber automatic loaded with seven rounds.

The spokesman said the youth then turned over a bag containing sandwich bags filled with a total of 60 vials of crack cocaine, and several other bags of packaged and unpackaged cocaine.

A hearing has not been scheduled.

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