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UPDATE: East Ridge student arrested for carrying weapons to first day of school

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An East Ridge High School student is charged with carrying weapons on school property on the first day of classes.

Eric Johnson, 18, is awaiting booking at the Hamilton County Jail today.

East Ridge Police tell Channel 3, Johnson was involved in a traffic accident outside the school this morning.

When officers and school administrators responded to the scene they discovered two knives in Johnson's vehicle.

"One of them was next to the seat," explained Cpl. Robert Wade.

One of the knives is a "survival knife" with a blade in excess of 4 inches in length.

Wade tells Channel 3 there is a no weapons on campus policy and for that reason Johnson was arrested and charged with carrying weapons on school property.

Wade says Johnson did not say why he had the knives in his vehicle.

Principal Tammy Helton would not comment on what consequences Johnson will face with the school, but she says action is being taken.

"The safety of our students is first and foremost," she told Channel 3.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates to this story.



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