Two Winder-Barrow High School students were arrested Oct. 29 after one of them allegedly handed a controlled substance to the other in view of school officials during a senior class meeting.
Jesse Taylor Gentry, the son of a school employee, and Brandon Ward Kohler, a starting football player, both were charged with possession of a controlled substance and with carrying a weapon – a knife – on school property.
According to the Winder Police Department, assistant principal Chuck Torbett and Athletic Director Justin Grant observed the students exchange something in a “very suspicious manner” during the meeting. The meeting reportedly was about planning for graduation.
As the officials walked toward the students, Kohler “took something from his pocket and dropped it on the floor,” the report states.
Torbett retrieved four, round, white pills bearing an imprint of V2410. He reportedly found a fifth pill with the same imprint in Kohler’s jacket.
Winder Police Cpl. Dustin Kaster used a “2008 Drug Bible” to tentatively identify the pills as “Carisoprodal AKA somas,” a muscle relaxant.
Torbett also allegedly found in Kohler’s pocket a “silver colored, lockable blade knife,” which violates the school system’s weapons policy.