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Augusta Teen, 17, Spends Weekend in Jail for Pocket Knife at School

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An Augusta teen is spending her third day at the Charles B. Webster Detention Center after her arrest Friday for having a pocket knife at a local school.

Gen’e Henry, 17, was charged with weapon in school buildings after the incident Friday morning at a school called Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM).

During class change Friday, Principal Jason Moore was walking beside the girl when the pocket knife suddenly fell from her hoodie pocket, authorities said. Dr. Moore retrieved the knife and the teen was subsequently charged with the felony weapon offense and booked into the jail under no bond. A judge will have to set her bond during a hearing.

RPM school, located at 2920 Mike Padgett Highway, is a partnership between the Richmond County School System and Textron Specialized Vehicles (E-Z-GO). Students spend four hours of the school day working at the E-Z-Go facility and the other half in regular classroom instruction.

The school’s goal is to give the students skills they can use in the real world once they graduate. According to media reports, those selected for the school are usually at-risk students who can make up for lost classroom credits while learning on-the-job manufacturing experience at the RPM campus and manufacturing facility in a county-owned warehouse on Mike Padgett Highway.

RPM’s goal is to give students a diploma, a work-ethic and marketable skills. Students earn $8 an hour building components used at Textron’s main vehicle assembly plants.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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