Athens girl shoots school bus window, police say

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ATHENS, Ga. -- A 15-year-old girl shot out the window of a school bus Monday afternoon as it traveled through a neighborhood on Athens’ Westside, Athens-Clarke police said.



The driver was the only person in the bus at the time of the 2 p.m. shooting, and he was not injured, police said.

He recognized the teen as a student who had been on his bus before, and officers arrested her at her home not far from the shooting scene, in the area of Westchester Drive and Chalfont Lane, police said.

Police charged with girl with a terroristic act and interference with government property, both felonies, and released her to her mother.

A police report did include the school the girl attends.

The shooting happened two weeks after a pair of Athens Christian School students were arrested and charged in a series of BB gun shootings on Athens’ Eastside that injured two pedestrians and shattered windows of moving cars.

One of the pedestrians was an 11-year-old girl who was walking with her mother on Cedar Shoals Drive, and a man on Lexington Road almost became a third victim when one of the suspects shot at him but missed, damaging his car, police said.

The girl who was arrested Monday was charged as a juvenile, so police did not release her name.

Then, Tuesday afternoon, Cedar Shoals High School Principal Tony Price notified parents that a student had brought a pellet gun onto campus that day.

The student never tried to use the gun, nor appeared to have any intention to do so, but school officials confiscated the weapon and suspended the student, according to Price’s letter.

“The student has been removed from school grounds in accordance with the CCSD Disciplinary Code of Conduct; disciplinary action will follow,” the principal wrote in the letter.

Though pellet guns aren’t as powerful as regular handguns, police treat them as weapons.

“They may be BB guns, and their impact is less lethal than regular handguns, but in the same token they are weapons and they can be dangerous,” Athens-Clarke police Capt. Clarence Holeman said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/21/12 - 08:27 am
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“Then, Tuesday afternoon,

“Then, Tuesday afternoon, Cedar Shoals High School Principal Tony Price notified parents that a student had brought a pellet gun onto campus that day. The student never tried to use the gun, nor appeared to have any intention to do so, but school officials confiscated the weapon and suspended the student, according to Price’s letter. “The student has been removed from school grounds in accordance with the CCSD Disciplinary Code of Conduct; disciplinary action will follow,” the principal wrote in the letter.”

Hmmmmmm. The student will likely not attend much school from now until school is out in May. But you can bet they will find a way to pass him on to the next grade. You've got to get those graduation rates up. Same thing with the 15-year-old girl in the first paragraph above.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/21/12 - 09:21 am
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Where did she get the gun?

Where did she get the gun?

LLArms
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LLArms 03/21/12 - 11:58 am
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What does it matter where she

What does it matter where she got the gun?

Are you insinuating possibly its someone's fault other than hers? Perhaps the, "Poor child, its the parent!" route?

If she threw a rock would you ask where she got the rock?

TParty
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TParty 03/21/12 - 12:30 pm
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It's a good question that

It's a good question that Willow Bailey asked, LLArms. A rock can be found anywhere, however weapons, guns, should not be found laying anywhere. Part of owning weapons is being responsible for them.

LLArms
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LLArms 03/22/12 - 09:44 am
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Kids can get into hiding

Kids can get into hiding places and even low grade safes. If an adult takes reasonable measures to put it out of sight or secure it then that should end the line there. Someone could lock the guns in a cabinet, but a teen could easily pry it open.

Equating a teen to finding a gun is not the same as a toddler finding a gun. But no one seems to understand this. How people are quick to forget their childhood and all the cunning ways we as youngsters were able to get to things we shouldn't have.

The point about the rock being, is both can be deadly - but people hear the word "gun" and normally rational people become irrational.

LLArms
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LLArms 03/22/12 - 09:48 am
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Ugh - typed out a response

Ugh - typed out a response and it did not get posted.

Bottom line. A teen getting a hold of a gun can not be viewed in the same manor as a toddler getting a hold of a gun. For all we know it was locked up in a cabinet, hidden in a shoe box, etc etc

People are quick to forget their younger years and out great ability to get to or get where we should not have been. I love when people assume that a gun was just laying out on a coffee table when its a teen involved shooting. Normally rational people becoming irrational because the word "gun" is present.

"Part of owning weapons is being responsible for them."

Won't argue this. In my household my 5 year old daughter knows not to touch without permission (of course one of my jobs is working on firearms, so its common place in my office at the house). However when her friends come over, or guests, or guests with children, they are locked up in the safe. I trust my own kid, I can't trust other people or their kids!

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