Two adults and two juveniles were arrested at Campbell High School Friday, March 2 in connection with a burglary investigation. Smyrna police could not offer more details as the investigation is ongoing.
Rumors circulated Friday that the increased police presence at Campbell High School was related to a student protest over a new bell schedule. It was reported to Smyrna-Vinings Patch that students are now allowed five minutes to get to class instead of seven. Students who are late are required to serve Saturday school. Officer Mike Smith, public information officer for the Smyrna Police Department, said Friday’s arrests are not connected with this incident.
In a letter sent to Campbell High School parents Monday, Principal Denise Magee confirmed that there would be an increased police presence on campus to enforce the new bell schedule after a small group of students caused disruptions Friday. In the letter she said that two fire alarms were set off and a food fight was started in the cafeteria in response to the stricter bell schedule.
“Please be assured that this behavior will not be tolerated and it has resulted in out of school suspensions and possibly criminal charges,” Magee said in the letter. “As a result of these hall sweeps, class tardies have been reduced significantly and students have proven that they can get to class on time.”
Magee’s letter went on to say that 90 percent of the Campbell’s students have been cooperative with the new bell schedule.