Pupil brings gun to middle school

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Five Glenn Hills Middle School seventh-graders were arrested Monday afternoon after a gun was found at the school, authorities say.

All five face a charge of possession of a firearm on school property, said Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Glen Rahn.

Julia Porter-Stein, the director of the county school board's public safety department, said a classmate tipped off a school police officer, who then found the .357-caliber Magnum in a pupil's book bag. Two rounds were also found.

The investigation was turned over to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, she said, and interviews were being conducted.

Investigator Rahn said one of the five pupils charged, a 12-year-old, brought the weapon to school and passed it around to four others.

Based on a preliminary investigation, sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew said authorities don't believe there was any intent to use the weapon.

"I don't believe they were going to shoot anybody. I think they brought it to show around," Sgt. Chew said.

Three of those charged are 12, and the others are 13, Investigator Rahn said. The pupils were taken to the Richmond County jail for processing and released to their parents. He said all face expulsion for the rest of the school year if found guilty by a school tribunal.

Investigator Rahn said authorities believe the gun belonged to a pupil's grandfather, but authorities will research who bought the gun. He said the grandfather won't face charges.

This wasn't the first time a gun has been brought onto a Richmond County school this year. In February, four students at Josey High School were disciplined for their roles in selling a .32-caliber revolver on campus for $15 a month earlier.

Staff Writers Adam Folk and Greg Gelpi contributed to this article.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217, or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

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DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 04/15/08 - 02:36 am
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This really calms my fears

This really calms my fears about letting my kids go to the middle schools in this area, Hmmm, time for homeschooling???

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/15/08 - 04:01 am
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Five charged for handling a

Five charged for handling a gun? Why not hold the one that brought it responsible for instigating the situation? Is this some kind of diversity where the group is responsible and the individual has no place? Not enough details in this report.

eztrainer
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eztrainer 04/15/08 - 05:50 am
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i'm w/patti,,, the others

i'm w/patti,,, the others deserve suspensions, not an arrest.

christian134
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christian134 04/15/08 - 06:30 am
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They were What?.....bringing

They were What?.....bringing a weapon for show and tell....Right....They weren't going to harm anyone... Why just because of their age?...Age is not a factor anymore.....Teachers, parents watch over our children or someone is going to get very hurt and or very dead....Many of these children have played so many of the violent video games and living in a world of violence that they haven't a clue as to what it means to kill in real life and quite frankly many have ceased to feel anything at all but the thrill of the game....Much of this behavior has to do with the family degeneration and "whatever feels good" mentality...

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 04/15/08 - 06:41 am
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Show and tell.. what are they

Show and tell.. what are they teaching these kids???!!! Ways to becoming a true man.. Unbelievable!!.. Anyways.. so clear to me how my son will not be attending middle school or high school in this area.. Private school it is.. Ridiculous!!..

Ijustwannaknow
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Ijustwannaknow 04/15/08 - 06:47 am
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I agree with christian134.

I agree with christian134. Age does not matter anymore. When are we going to wake up and realize that the family unit, as God laid out for us in the Bible, is quickly becoming no more and our world is crumbling to the ground! I am afraid it is going to take something extremely serious to wake up the leaders of our city, state, and country to see that these "kids" are no longer "kids" anymore.

workingmom
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workingmom 04/15/08 - 07:10 am
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As long as the schools keep

As long as the schools keep allowing children to misbehave and then get away with it at young ages, this type of behavior is going to continue. It seems as though it is getting worse each year. Children misbehave, threaten others, etc. and because they are young, parents and authority figures tend to believe they weren't "really going to hurt anyone". For most of these kids, it's just a matter of time. So sad.

getagrip
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getagrip 04/15/08 - 07:22 am
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Patricia, you don't get it.

Patricia, you don't get it. The four others who handled the gun should have reported that a weapon was in the building where other children may have been injured. If the system does not make this an issue how are we going to send the message to students the severity of this incident?

jaschild
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jaschild 04/15/08 - 07:37 am
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getagrip.. i don't think we

getagrip.. i don't think we can extract what truly happened by this article. and i do think the message is getting thru to some students- most articles of late that relate to this type of illegal activity on school grounds seem to be brought to light by other students or their siblings.

jaschild
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jaschild 04/15/08 - 07:39 am
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i'm certainly not condoning

i'm certainly not condoning their activity - but the fact is, no matter how many rules or laws are in place, a percentage of children/adults are going to break them.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 04/15/08 - 07:41 am
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Is this the same school that

Is this the same school that was just 'rewarded' with a $2000 gift by the A/RC Commission ?

426Hemi
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426Hemi 04/15/08 - 07:52 am
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Justus4, where ya' at on this

Justus4, where ya' at on this one, bud? Please speak up!

jaschild
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jaschild 04/15/08 - 07:56 am
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if so, perhaps they can apply

if so, perhaps they can apply that $$$$ towards metal detecting wands.

tellmehow
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tellmehow 04/15/08 - 07:58 am
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Was there a lock down at the

Was there a lock down at the school once it was known a gun was in the building? How many students were traumatized and needed counseling because of this incident. They are so sure there was no plans for this gun to be used? Yea right. Come on Georgia, students and their parents at Glen Hills now deserve compensation because the school did not do enough to prevent this. Pay up or you will be sued for mental anguish and endangerment of children.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/15/08 - 08:02 am
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What does the $2,000.00 have

What does the $2,000.00 have to do with it? The problem is with the ones that violate rhe laws, not the ones that follow the the rules.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/15/08 - 08:04 am
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Tellme are you always this

Tellme are you always this big of an idiot or what?

tellmehow
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tellmehow 04/15/08 - 08:07 am
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Nope. Leave that up to

Nope. Leave that up to people like you. Pity, pity, pity.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/15/08 - 08:11 am
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You are just an negative butt

You are just an negative butt hole. Save your pity for your own pathetic self.

christian134
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christian134 04/15/08 - 08:19 am
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Hypo shame on you....now wash

Hypo shame on you....now wash your mouth out with soap....Play nice with others...:-) Listen and learn.....

tellmehow
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tellmehow 04/15/08 - 08:25 am
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Pity, pity, pity.

Pity, pity, pity.

jaschild
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jaschild 04/15/08 - 08:30 am
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things i didn't learn in

things i didn't learn in kindergarten: playing well with others

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 04/15/08 - 08:47 am
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Middle Schoolers look like

Middle Schoolers look like HIGH SCHOOLERS, when I was in middle school, wait no Junior high LOL.... we certainly didn't look like some of these students... it's in the water

karmakills123
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karmakills123 04/15/08 - 08:56 am
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Gun at school = ARREST......

Gun at school = ARREST...... Kid brings gun to school anyway = NO FEAR OR RESPECT FOR THE RULES (AND THE LAW)....... They KNOW this is wrong yet do it anyway...(are they really that stupid??) no.... it's too late for them put them away...show the others that it will not be tolerated...no exceptions ..period.

mojo
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mojo 04/15/08 - 08:57 am
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Trial by a school tribunal?

Trial by a school tribunal? WTH?! If we want to be serious about crime then those who commit crimes should be charged!!

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/15/08 - 09:01 am
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I am looking forward to being

I am looking forward to being censored today. Yesterday tellme and his buddies were able to spew all that racist garbage, while people like you Christian, gave them a free pass, not today. Let me say this in advance, that I do not care what anyone response is. If they see fit to let tellme and his ILK spread that manure, then they know what they can do with their opinion towards me.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/15/08 - 09:12 am
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Whether these young kids

Whether these young kids intended to use the weapon or just show it around, this is serious. Two round were found and accidents do happen. We have pampered our children for so long, afraid we're going to hurt their self esteem or give them a complex, or they won't love us if we discipline them, that we have totally ruined them. Maybe it's time we try a different tactic and start kicking some butt and taking some names. Anyone brought up in the 60's or even 70's wouldn't have dreamed of bringing a handgun into a school "just to show around".

MATTERS2ME2
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MATTERS2ME2 04/15/08 - 09:19 am
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We know how the school

We know how the school handled this .. Wonder what the PARENTS.. did or will do???

XXYY
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XXYY 04/15/08 - 09:24 am
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No Longer, the high school is

No Longer, the high school is the school that the commision donated the $2000.00 to.

What a Day
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What a Day 04/15/08 - 09:25 am
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It really doesn't matter what

It really doesn't matter what school district a child is attending...remember Colombine...or did some of you forget? I can guarantee you this was peer pressure and a child trying to fit in. All kids that go to these schools are not bad. My son went there and now he is at the top of his class as a Sophomore at one of the top schools in Georgia. It all depends on who your child is hanging with these days. And, you can't always blame a parent because there are parents that go above and beyond for their children and they still turn out bad.

dani
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dani 04/15/08 - 09:37 am
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I am missing

I am missing something..again. How did this get to be racial? I see no mention of what race these boys are. Why won't the grandfather face charges? How can law enforcement office treat this matter so lightly? Surprise! A gun is a deadly weapon even in the hands of 12 & 13 year olds, and who can say what might have happened .....

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