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"Just Say No" lesson for students witnessing arrest at Jackson High

Posted at 5:54 AM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 05:54:13-04

Telling kids why they should stay off drugs can be effective, but showing them might have a more lasting impact.

Students at Jackson High School witnessed an arrest after a police chase ended in the school's parking lot on Wednesday. They told FOX 47 News they were getting on the bus to head home when they heard a car peel into the parking lot.

"There was a black SUV that came in and a guy hopped out of it and started bolting through all the kids. We were just like whoa, whoa, whoa, whats going on?" sophomore Emily Harper said.

Emily Harper says that the man threw a bag of white powder as he was trying to get away from police. The bag broke and spilled on the ground. A school security guard put a stop to all the excitement.

"The security guard just grabbed him by the shirt as he was going for his gun or something and decided not to, but just grabbed him by the shirt, flipped him over his head, and just banged his head on the concrete," Emily Harper added.

Police told FOX 47 News the guard held the man down until they were able to arrest him. That's when Brendan Harper pulled out his phone and started recording the madness. He says he didn't expect for it to blow up like it did.

"I just thought it would be another Jackson thing that you show you parent's and they post it on the page and goes around town," Brenden Harper said.

Regardless, both students say they were happy the security guard was there keeping them safe and step in when need.

"Its nice to know that we have good security guards that do their job," Brenden Harper added.

Firefighters hosed the parking lot down to get rid of the powder.

The suspect is facing several charges ranging from possession with intent to deliver, to fleeing and eluding arrest. He's expected to be arraigned Friday morning.

News 10 called Jackson Public Schools about the incident. The district chose not to comment.