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November 12, 2004

Sylvester- Jade Blackmon says she's never been in trouble at school.

But after some boys went through her purse, she was handcuffed and hauled off to a YDC. The boys claim they found a pocketknife in this purse even though a friend of Rachel had borrowed a pencil out of the purse earlier and she didn't see the knife. When the boys found it, they told Jade and then a teacher.

"They told me, 'We were going through your purse and we found a knife,'" Jade said. "And I said, 'I don't know what you're talking about.'"

Jade was taken to the Sylvester Police Department, where her mother thought she would be able to take her daughter home.

"I asked him, am I suppose to make bond for her or do I just take her home," said Penny Blackmon. "And he said, you're not taking her anywhere. She's going to juvenile. And that's when I got real upset and I tried to talk them out of it."

Jade spent the night at the Youth Detention Center in Doughier County. She is suspended until a tribunal next week. School officials told her mother that Jade may have to go to alternative school.

Worth County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Russell would not comment on the investigation.

posted at 11:19 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com