Pupil accused of bringing gun to school

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — A student faces felony charges after being accused of bringing a loaded gun to a Sandy Springs middle school, and district officials are investigating whether an unarmed assistant principal who confronted the student followed proper procedures.

A police report obtained by WSB-TV shows police arrested the 13-year-old student, whose name was not released, on Monday at the Ridgeview Charter school.

Students alerted an official that the teenager was carrying a gun and claimed he was going to shoot someone.

An assistant principal confronted the student, who was carrying the gun in his pants pocket, and escorted the teenager to the principal’s office. A police officer was then summoned.

Police said the 9 mm weapon was loaded and that the student was carrying extra ammunition. The teenager told authorities that he was a member of a street gang and needed the gun because he “wanted protection,” according to the police report.

Several parents questioned why the school building was not locked down and why an unarmed school administrator confronted an armed student.

“Where was the armed officer in the building … at the time?” said Colleen Hartman, a parent. “Why doesn’t the plan call for an armed officer to handle that and to put the building on lockdown?”

Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said a police officer is supposed to investigate any reports of armed students. The district is investigating why that procedure was not followed.

“We put procedures and policies in place and we have to make sure our employees follow them,” he said.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 08/31/13 - 09:59 pm
Off the reservation

I'm sorry, but Ms. Colleen Hartman is a lunatic. She should be praising this savvy and brave assistant principal instead of calling for an investigation into his actions.

corgimom 09/01/13 - 08:34 am
That assistant principal is a

That assistant principal is a hero. And yes, LL, you are right, Colleen Hartman is, indeed, a lunatic.

gramof6 09/01/13 - 10:58 am
This administrator

reminds me of the heroic bookkeeper who put herself in harm's way to protect the children. Rather than investigating if "procedures" were followed, let's praise this administrator for acting quickly to ensure the students and staff members were safe. This could have had a tragic ending.

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