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Student pulled gun on bus, authorities say


LAFAYETTE, Ga. --- Police in northwest Georgia said a student on a school bus pulled an unloaded gun, threatened to use it and pulled the trigger while pointing it at another student in a dispute over Twinkies.

The 14-year-old middle school student has been charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and possessing a weapon on school property, LaFayette Public Safety Director Tommy Freeman told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

No one was hurt in the April 29 dispute, which involved an unloaded .44-caliber revolver. Freeman said students were "throwing Twinkies around and evidently had an altercation about it."

He said the teenager brought the unloaded weapon from home and "had ammo with him, but it didn't fit that weapon."

911 operator punished over deadly mistake

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. --- A Gwinnett County 911 operator was suspended one day for reporting incorrect information from a call that led to the fatal police shootings of the 74-year-old caller and her daughter.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that operator, Phil Raines, forfeited a vacation day for reporting that Barbara Baker, of Duluth, had told him there was no gun in the house. She had called to report that her daughter, 51-year-old Penny Schwartz, was threatening to kill herself.

Baker actually told Raines that she didn't know whether Schwartz had a gun.

Police say Schwartz pointed a gun at an officer sent to investigate, and the officer fired, killing both women.

In other news

FIVE EFFINGHAM COUNTY high school students are recovering and a 17-year-old faces drug charges, with authorities saying the students were sickened by brownies believed to be laced with marijuana.