Two students arrested on weapons charges

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two Gwinnett County high school students — including one with a violent past — were arrested in separate incidents Thursday for having weapons on school property.

Avery Von Yarbrough, a 21-year-old senior at Meadowcreek High School, was found carrying “a knife with a blade that was three inches long” in his book bag on campus Thursday, school police said.

Gwinnett County Jail records show Yarbrough has a lengthy criminal past, including spending more than a year incarcerated between December 2008 and March 2010. That arrest stemmed from charges of armed robbery, theft by receiving and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Yarbrough is being held without bond for felony possession of a weapon on school property.

In another incident, school police said they found brass knuckles on a student at Norcross High School following an after-school altercation. According to reports, an administrator searched 17-year-old freshman Fernando Coello after the fight “between several students,” finding the brass knuckles.

He was transported to Gwinnett County Jail and charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property. He was released on $2,950 bond Friday afternoon.