Todd Grigg was arrested at Cherokee Charter Academy on Sixes Road for multiple charges related to having weapons on school property.
Grigg's brother, Jon, told CBS Atlanta's Mike Paluska he wants the public to know why his brother was at the school. And why Todd Grigg didn't realize, until after he was arrested, that he was breaking the law.
"He's got a left frontal lobe brain tumor," Jon Grigg said. "And the doctors say that effects decision making, like knowing right from wrong."
Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies seized multiple weapons from Todd Grigg. They included a BB gun and multiple knives.
Jon Grigg has two children that attend Cherokee Charter Academy. Grigg explained he was dropping his children off for school Wednesday morning, and was dropping Todd off at the school as well.
"It was the most convenient place for our mother to pick him up, she was driving him to a doctor's appointment for an MRI at Emory Hospital. She had to drive him because he wouldn't be able to after the procedure," Jon Grigg said. "My mother was waving to him to get his attention. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time."
Jon Grigg said he's dropped his brother off at the school roughly a dozen times. He said he doesn't blame deputies for what they did. He just wanted the public to know one thing.
"He had no bad intent. He wasn't going to the school to hurt anyone, or to hurt a kid," Jon Grigg said.
CBS Atlanta spoke to a student who noticed Todd Grigg at the school.
"I saw the guy walking around and it was kind of weird because we'd never seen him before or anything," Baylen Levine said.
Levine is a seventh grader at the school. Since the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and the recent gunman arrested at a DeKalb County School on Tuesday, Levine said he is on high alert, everyone is.
"He shouldn't have been walking around," Levine said. "And, if he has weapons on him, and he knows people are concerned, then he shouldn't have knives and stuff at the school."
Grigg said he is disappointed, despite his brother's disability, that Todd didn't leave the BB gun and knives at home.
"He is a biker, and he feels like he needs them for protection," Jon Grigg said. "He feels remorseful now. But with his condition, he may know it's wrong, but his brain doesn't compute I'm doing the wrong thing at this moment."
Jon Grigg said a few months ago, their older brother Jason Grigg, 43, lost his battle with a similar brain tumor. He hopes his brother will take the next step in his life to have his tumor removed, so it doesn't continue to impair his judgment.
"Todd, I hope you see this, as we love you. We got your back, we want you to be better. We don't want to go through this anymore," Jon Grigg said.
Todd Grigg faces four counts of Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds, Carrying a Concealed Knife and Obstruction of an Officer. He is currently in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with no bond.
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