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Teen arrested for pretending to be SRO is Franklin Co. student

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Sheriff's officials are working to figure out why an 18-year-old Franklin County High School student was so dead-set on volunteering as a school resource officer at a local school.

Charles Daniel Marston is charged with criminal impersonation after he showed up at North Middle School after being told not to return. He also had an airsoft gun in his car that was altered to look like a real gun, but that seems to be the least of this troubles.

First, Marston had apparently approached officials at North Middle about volunteering.

"The administrators went through the proper channels to get authorization or be told 'no' from our central office," said Sgt. Chris Guess, Franklin County Sheriff's Department public information officer. "Then they discovered there might be an issue with this student, and instructed him not to return to their school."

But he did return, two more times, and it's what he allegedly told some teachers that got him in trouble.

"He had relayed to some teachers that he would be next school resource officer, which is a ludicrous statement since he's still a student at Franklin County High School," Guess said.

Marston was arrested Friday for impersonating an officer. When deputies searched his car at Franklin High, they found the airsoft gun inside.

"The orange tip had been removed from the weapon," Guess said. "It makes it extremely dangerous, because it's hard to tell the difference."

Sheriff's officials said Marston was at North Middle School a few days before for a pep rally. They said he did follow proper procedure that time by going to the office and checking in as a visitor.

"The recent events across the country, police personnel take that extremely serious," Guess said.

Marston was able to walk right inside the school because the security system used to buzz visitors into the building had mechanical problems. Channel 4 News has learned it has since been repaired, but that still may not enough.

"It goes to solidify the point that Franklin County needs school resource officers in every school full-time, where you don't get into a situation where you have to divide time, or where a school resource officer is not present," Guess said.

There are currently four full-time school resource officers in Franklin County Schools. Two are assigned to Franklin High, one is assigned to Huntland High and the other one divides his time between North and South middle schools.

The county commission took up the issue of adding more SROs in a meeting Tuesday, but they didn't vote. They will take up the issue at a later meeting.

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