SWAT arrests teen accused of taking guns to Fulton high school

SWAT officers with the Fulton County Schools police and South Fulton police executed the arrest warrant at the home in the 2900 block of Falling Water Point.
SWAT officers with the Fulton County Schools police and South Fulton police executed the arrest warrant at the home in the 2900 block of Falling Water Point.

Nearly a week after he was accused of taking handguns to campus, a 17-year-old Banneker High School student was arrested at his home Monday morning.

SWAT officers with the Fulton County Schools police and South Fulton police executed a warrant for the arrest of Brandell Watkins Jr. at the home in the 2900 block of Falling Water Point. Watkins was taken into custody without incident, according to school police Chief Mark Sulborski.

Brandell Watkins Jr.
Brandell Watkins Jr.

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Watkins was wanted in connection with an incident Nov. 12 on Banneker’s campus. The school has a clear backpack policy.

“The student was spotted by an administrator in the school with a noncompliant backpack,” Sulborski said. “When he was confronted by the administrator, he ran.”

The backpack, which Sulborski said contained a couple of handguns, was left behind. When officers searched his home Monday morning, they recovered another weapon believed to belong to Watkins’ mother. The teen did not have access to that weapon, according to police.

Watkins was arrested on a felony charge of carrying a firearm on school property. He is being held at the Fulton County Jail.

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