Officials: Intoxicated man with pocket knife sits down in classroom to 'test security'

PORT ORANGE, Florida -- A man carrying a pocket knife on the campus of Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange was able to get into a classroom, according to WESH.

Derek Marlowe, 51, was arrested Friday and charged with trespassing, disrupting school functions and breach of peace.

"He could have had a gun, he could have had a grenade. He could have had anything," Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

Investigators said he was intoxicated when he rode a bike on to campus and walked inside, unchallenged.

According to the arrest report, Marlowe got into a classroom in session and took a seat.

"It's shocking to know that someone could just walk on your campus without permission or consent,"Spruce Creek High School student Laron Killins said.

"After all that we've gone through, all the trainings, guardians, technology, it just goes to show you it's only as good as the people we put in place to follow the procedures," Chitwood said.

Officials said the teacher activated his emergency button located inside the classroom which said to send assistance there immediately.

The school was not put on lockdown and there was no code red call made. A spokesman with the school district said at least some security protocol was not followed.

The incident is now under review.

Deputies said Marlowe, who has an extensive criminal history, was rambling about testing security.

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