Student Charged With Assaulting School Official Had Drugs And Knife On Campus, JCSO Says

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.”


  1. Give him his diploma, if he earned it, in prison and say buh-bye! Then get him the help he needs to kick the addiction and move past the life he is leading.

  2. Kudos to the tipster! Many students are too scared to “snitch”. Not sure why it’s such a negative thing to let authorities know when someone is breaking the law. Just don’t break the law – super easy to live a life void of felonious activities.

  3. I hope this kid takes this as a wake up call, and I hope he gets some help. There’s no excuse for that kind of behavior at his age.

  4. Well so close to his diploma and now I hope he spends much, much time in jail. Take all things into account and he is going to amount up to nothing but a burden for the tax payer. When he gets out he is only going to get into something else. 18 years old and STUPID!

  5. they have a saying in the schools…. snitches will need stiches… that’s why the kids won’t say anything…kudo’s to the person that told……

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