HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
A HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL NINTH GRADER FACES CHARGES AFTER BIBB COUNTY CAMPUS POLICE FOUND A HANDGUN IN THE SCHOOL THE 14-YEAR-OLD ADMITTED WAS HIS.
AMY AUBERT WAS AT THE SCENE THIS MORNING... WHEN THE HIGH SCHOOL WENT THROUGH A CODE RED LOCKDOWN.
SHE HAS WHAT SCHOOL OFFICIALS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE CASE.
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AROUND 9-30 THURSDAY MORNING... HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL FACED A CODE RED LOCK DOWN.
Nats: "Their students are safe here..."
DISTRICT RISK MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR... DAVID GOWAN SAYS AROUND 9 A-M A STUDENT REPORTED SEEING A HANDGUN... IN THE HIGH SCHOOL.
David Gowan, Risk Management Director: "We acted on that information and located a 22 revolver."
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES BLOCKED THE ENTRANCE...
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WHILE CAMPUS POLICE SEARCHED THE BUILDING FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS.
Nats "I thought he was kidding..."
MARGARET ELLIOTT GOT A TEXT FROM HER 10TH GRADE SON...SULLERS... THAT MORNING.
(Texting): "In a classroom sitting on the floor in the dark. Then I asked him if he was scared."
SHE SAYS HE TOLD HER HE WASN'T SCARED... A LITTLE RELIEF... SHE SAYS... FOR A PARENT ON THE OUTSIDE.
Margaret Elliott: "I'm not really necessarily worried, he's under a desk. I think they've caught the guy, they're just now looking for the gunman."
ELLIOT WASN'T ALONE... A TRAIN OF ABOUT 15 CARS SAT PARKED JUST OUTSIDE HOWARD HIGH... CONCERNED PARENTS WANTING THE LATEST.
THE DISTRICT'S ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT... WHO DIDN'T WANT TO BE SHOWN ON CAMERA... SAYS CAMPUS POLICE FOUND THE GUN IN THE CEILING... AND SAYS THE FRESHMAN THEY HAVE IN CUSTODY...ADMITTED THE WEAPON BELONGED TO HIM.
MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR GOWAN COULD NOT COMMENT ON WHETHER ANY THREATS WERE MADE AND WHERE IN THE SCHOOL THE GUN WAS LOCATED.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>
THIS AFTERNOON... SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND HELD A CLOSED MEETING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED... AND HOW IT WAS HANDLED.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT INVITED AMY AUBERT TO THE MEETING... BUT THEN TOLD HER SHE COULD NOT LISTEN IN.
AT FIRST... DALLEMAND DECLINED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS... BUT HE EVENTUALLY AGREED.
Romain Dallemand: "We are serious about making sure that our schools are places where students can receive an education in a very safe environment. I have two youngsters in the system, I want to make sure that they go to a school where their safety is gauranteed like evry other aprent should have that gaurantee. He was reporting. He did what I thought was very couragous, by reporting something that he knew of a student that was wrong. Again, this is a strong indication that we have a lot of students who know the right thing and they do the right thing. And we want to make sure that all of our students know that they should not bring any weapons to school, if they do there's a consequence. We want for our parents to also know that they need to seal their weapons so its not available, there weapons are not available for student to have access. Cause if a youngster brings any weapon to school they will pay a consequence. We want to assure that our schools are safe for all of our students."
DALLEMAND SAYS THEY'RE LOOKING INTO WHETHER SCHOOLS NEED TO TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES... LIKE METAL DETECTORS....BUT SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHEN ANY CHANGES WILL TAKE PLACE.
TODAY WE BEGIN A THREE-PART SERIES... INTRODUCING YOU TO HEART DISEASE WITH A STORY THAT HITS CLOSE TO HOME HERE AT 13WMAZ.
CANDACE ADORKA TELLS US HOW A HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE HAS AFFECTED CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES AND HIS FAMILY... IN PART ONE OF OUR CUTTING EDGE SERIES.
ED JONES SAYS 22 YEARS AGO ON THE DAY BEFORE HIS 59TH BIRTHDAY... HE WAS INSTALLING THIS DOOR WHEN...
"I just felt real funny all up in here and jittery and nervous in the side and what have you."
IT WAS HIS FIRST HEART ATTACK... AND IN THE NINE MONTHS FOLLOWING... HE HAD 32 MORE.
SOME WERE MINOR... BUT HE REMEMBERS AT LEAST ONE WHERE HE ALMOST DIDNT MAKE IT.
"I couldn't respond, I couldn't do anything and they had tubes all down me and shocking me and what have you and after a certain amount of time i hear a male voice say take it off he's gone."
BUT NURSES RESUSCITATED HIM AND MONTHS LATER... HE GOT A HEART TRANSPLANT...
HE SAYS HE'S BEEN GOING STRONG EVER SINCE.
"I've cut small trees down, I split wood, chop wood. I just keep busy al the time."
16 YEARS AFTER ED'S TRNSPLANT...
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... HIS SON EDDIE JONES HAD HIS OWN HEART SURGERY... DOCTORS REPLACED FIVE aRTERIeS that WERE ALMOST 100 PERCENT BLOCKED.
"The next thing you know, they push you into the operating room. I remember the total isolation when they shoved my gurney a little bit and that was the most alone i've ever felt in my life."
Ben: "Fear's a good motivator."
EDDIE'S SON BEN SAYS IT WAS A WAKE UP CALL.
witnessing it. Walking with him around the hospital floor trying to get his strength back and seeing all the things he had to go through and having to put that pillow on his chest when he would cough."
SIX MEMBERS OF THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY DEALT WITH HEART PROBLEMS... AND THAT FACT ISN'T LOST ON BEN.
"The heart thing's scary. It's frightning to see them go through that and think well there's not a nother generation between me and them, it's me."
BEN'S BEEN ON CHOLESTEROL-REDUCING MEDICATION SINCE HE WAS 30
HE'S NOW 37.
AND THE CHALLENGE FOR THE JONES MEN IS TO REVERSE THE DANGEROUS TREND THAT PLAGUES THEIR FAMILY TREE.
Eddie: "I'm a work in process right now, to get back to a physical livable state."
Ben: "I try to exercise. I'm definitely not good at it. Lorra stays on me a lot about that. Umm.. actually Lorra has been a very good thing for me because I eat alot better."
ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL HEART LUNG AND BLOOD INSTITUTE... ABOUT ONE OUT OF SIX HEART TRANSPLANT PATIENTS SURVIVE 20 YEARS OR MORE.
ED'S ONE OF THEM.
"That was probably about 1995, that was about 5 years after I got my heart."
AND HE SAYS IF THAT'S TAUGHT HIM ANYTHING...
"Never say never. Never Give up."
***CANDACE INTERVIEWS DOCTOR ZOE JONES... A CARDIOLOGIST AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.***
>> THANK YOU CANDACE...
TOMORROW AT SIX... WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE COST OF HEART ATTACKS IN PART TWO OF "THE CUTTING EDGE: HEART DISEASE."
AND DON'T MISS OUR SPECIAL THE CUTTING EDGE: HEART DISEASE... THIS SATURDAY AT 9 P-M RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ.
THIS SATURDAY... LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE U-S... INCLUDING HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... WILL TAKE PART IN THE NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE.
MAJOR LAWRENCE SPURGEON WITH THE FORT VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HERE TO EXPLAIN.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE?
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH HAVING OLD PRESCRIPTIONS IN YOUR HOME?
IF YOU MISS SATURDAY'S EVENT... DO YOU HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR GETTING RID OF YOUR OLD PRESCRIPTIONS?
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THE NEXT TIME YOU TAKE A STROLL THROUGH A MACON PARK...YOU MAY BE GREETED BY....BEARS.
BUT DON'T WORRY THEY'RE HARMLESS.
YOU CAN FIND THE SIX FIBERGLASS BEARS ALONG THE NEW COLLEGE HILL BEAR TRAIL....WHICH OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY.
THE MACON ARTS ALLIANCE COMMISSIONED LOCAL ARTISTS TO DECORATE THE BEARS.
YOU'LL FIND THEM IN WASHINGTON PARK, TATTNALL SQUARE PARK AND DAISY PARK.
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