CLAYTON – A Johnston County high school student was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges. Ethan Garcia-Contrera of Clayton, a student at Cleveland High School, was held on an $80,000 secured bond.
Around 9:45am, Garcia-Contreras was being questioned by administrators at Cleveland High School after they receiving a tip. The student attempted to run from the office and while fleeing allegedly hit the assistant principal.
A school resource officer assigned to Cleveland High responded to the office and took the 18 year-old student into custody.
During a search of his car parked on campus, 144 grams of suspected marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia, and a knife was located.
Garcia-Contrera was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, manufacture sell or deliver a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a weapon on educational property, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and assault on a school employee.
We reached out to Johnston County Public Schools for a comment about the incident and whether the student will be allowed to return to Cleveland High. The following statement was released: “JCPS is thankful for our strong working relationship with our local law enforcement partners to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. However, we do not comment on any matters involving student discipline.”