Officials: Student brought loaded gun to Fulton Co. middle school

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A north Fulton County middle schooler is facing serious charges after school officials said he brought a loaded gun to class.

It happened at Ridgeview Charter Middle School in Sandy prings.

School officials say this all unfolded Monday afternoon in a classroom after another student caught wind of the gun and reported it to teachers.

Now, the student who allegedly brought the gun is facing charges.

"That's very disconcerting and it speaks more to the world that we live in," said June Richardson, whose son is a sixth-grader at Ridgeview Charter.

School officials said an eighth-grade boy brought a loaded handgun onto campus Monday afternoon.
School officials say another student alerted teachers, a resource officer quickly confiscated the gun and the alleged gun-carrying student was arrested.

"We're thankful he did not do anything and it was stopped before anything could happen," said Lee Daniel, co-president of the school PTA.

She has two children who go to the school as well.

"I felt very confident the administration had handled it. My children came home and weren't aware that it had happened," Daniel said.

In a statement, a Fulton County schools representative said, "Bringing any type of weapon to school is an extremely serious occurrence, and this behavior will not be tolerated. The suspect will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

Another woman's daughter was in the classroom where the student reported the gun.

"It was a bit of a commotion getting the reporting done," the woman told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik, who asked not to be identified.

She's concerned the school didn't do more.

"The procedure, how it went down, I was very shocked that the school wasn't locked down. That was my biggest concern," The woman said.

A school representative told Petchenik officials didn't need to lock down the campus because they knew who the student was and where to find the gun.



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