6 guns found at metro Atlanta schools within two weeks of heading back to class

ATLANTA — It has been two weeks since the first school districts in metro Atlanta went back to school. In that time period, six guns have been found on five different school campuses.

On August 3, which was just the fourth day of school for Rome City Schools, a student at Rome High School was found with a gun on the campus.

The next day, Rome High School administrators found a second student with a gun on campus.

In both cases, the guns were not used to threaten anyone. Administrators say both students will be criminally charged.

In order to reassess safety protocols, Rome City Schools went digital for the day last Friday to make sure they were keeping students safe.

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Also on August 3, a staff member at Gwinnett County’s Britt Elementary School was unpacking a box of donated school supplies after school and found a loaded gun at the bottom of the box. No one was hurt and no students were on the school’s campus when the gun was found.

Gwinnett County School Resources Officers are continuing to investigate how the gun got into the school.

Earlier this week, on August 10, three students were found walking around Fulton County’s Creekside High School without permission to be in class. One of the students had a concealed weapon hidden on him. The gun was never fired.

As a safety precaution, Fulton County Schools has instituted a clear backpack policy at Creekside High School.


Also on August 10, a gun went off inside McDonough High School in Henry County. District officials say a student had two guns inside his backpack and one of them discharged from inside the backpack when the student set it on the ground in the school gym.

The student is now in custody and faces pending charges, according to a letter sent home to parents.

A Union County Schools maintenance worker is in custody after the GBI says he opened fire on a car in the parking lot of Union County Primary School on Thursday.

Dwight Anthony Brown, 64, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault. School was not in session, but teacher planning was going on inside the school. Luckily, no one was hurt.

School was meant to begin on Friday morning in Union County, but because of the shooting, district officials chose to delay the start of the school year until Monday, August 15.

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