by: Richard Elliot Updated:HALL COUNTY, Ga. —
Hall County deputies charged two Johnson High School seniors with felonies after they said the teens brought a BB gun to school and accidentally shot another student.
The incident happened in the school library at 9 a.m. Monday.
Deputies said Edwin Huizar, 17, brought his brand-new BB gun to school to show it to his friend Jesse Reyes, 17.
When Reyes handled the pistol, the gun went off, striking a third student in the library. That student was treated by the school nurse but didn't sustain any serious injury.
"There was never any intent," said Hall County School District spokesperson Gordon Higgins. "It was just an unfortunate accident. I say unfortunate for these young men because they were both seniors and maybe just three weeks away from a very big moment in their lives, their high school graduation."
The district suspended both teens. Hours after the incident, Hall County deputies arrested both teens and charged them with felonies for having a weapon on campus. They also charged Huizar with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Some Johnson High School students were concerned they were not told officially about the incident, but they learned it through the grapevine anyway.
"If you're a senior, shouldn't you be taking things seriously right now?" said senior Grayson Anthony. "I mean, when they're doing all that, they need to be paying attention to what's going on in school, not really bringing a gun to school."
Both teens must now go before a disciplinary tribunal to learn their fate. Chances are they will not be able to graduate with the rest of their class.
"It is so unfortunate that sometimes students make these kinds of decisions," said Higgins. "I'm sure when these two young men came to school today, they never thought they'd find themselves in the predicament they're in now."