Murphey Middle pupil expelled for having gun

A Murphey Middle School pupil has been expelled after he brought a handgun to school last month, according to a Richmond County tribunal finding made public today.

After a tribunal hearing May 16, the boy, identified by his initials, M.T., was found guilty of violating Rule 6 of the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline, which prohibits pupils from possessing a weapon on school property.

The pupil was found with the gun on May 5, according to the tribunal finding, but no other information -- such as who found him with the gun, whether there was any ammunition in or near the weapon, or the weapon's location -- was immediately available. Messages to district officials seeking comment were not immediately returned.

The boy was expelled for the 2011-12 school year and assigned to the Tubman Education Center Alternative Program for the 2012-13 school year.

This is the second reported incident of the 2010-11 school year of a pupil bringing a gun to school. The first occurred Nov. 17, when a 10-year-old boy brought an unloaded gun and six bullets to Terrace Manor Elementary. The fifth-grader was arrested that day and transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

A tribunal panel on Dec. 7 decided to suspend him for the rest of the semester and the first 10 days of the second semester, and suspend his bus privileges for his first two weeks back in school. In that case, the tribunal panel said it showed leniency because of the boy's age.

 

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