A 31-year-old Woodstock man has been charged with four counts of possessing a weapon on school grounds. Todd Kristopher Grigg was taken in for questioning on the morning of Aug. 21 after a Cherokee Sheriff's Office deputy spotted him standing outside of Cherokee Charter Academy "acting suspicious."
Grigg, who reportedly was in possession of a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, also was charged with carrying a concealed knife and for obstructing an officer.
A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said that Grigg told investigators he was at the school, where two of his relatives attend, because he was waiting for a ride.
"He further advised investigators that he ran from the deputies because he knew he was in a school zone and was armed," Lt. Jay Baker said.
Grigg is currently in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with no bond.
The parents of Cherokee Charter Academy students were informed of the situation by a letter sent home with students. Cherokee Charter Academy Principal Scott O’Prey was contacted for comment; however, he requested that the Ledger-News reach out to Colleen Reynolds, spokesperson for Charter Schools USA.
When asked why they didn't contact parents immediately and why they allowed student drop off to continue, Reynolds told the Ledger-News that the school’s “student information system was down for some reason.”
“We sent a letter home and posted on Facebook and the Web etc. The kids were never in any danger,” Reynolds said, adding that the student information system is operating correctly and parents can also receive the letter from O’Prey by e-mail.
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'Suspicious male' at local school taken in for questioning
A man described as “suspicious” standing outside of Cherokee Charter Academy Wednesday morning was taken into custody by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
According to Lt. Jay Baker, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, at about 7:30 a.m., Aug. 21, deputies assisting with traffic at the charter school observed a “suspicious male” on school property. As one of the deputies approached him, the man began to walk away. He ended up running from deputies, Baker said.
Todd Kristopher Grigg, 31, of Woodstock, was taken into custody after deputies caught up with him, Baker said, adding that upon searching him, deputies located a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, three knives and leather gloves. Grigg has not been charged with a crime as of yet, Baker said.
Grigg was taken to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office South Annex where he currently is being questioned by detectives.
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