• Officials: Students expelled after bringing unloaded guns to school

    By: Mike Petchenik

    Updated:

    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Two Cobb County students are facing charges after officials said they brought unloaded guns to Wheeler High School.

    A letter sent to parents over the weekend said students tipped off school administration to the guns on campus.

    "I want to commend the student who brought this situation to our attention," the letter from David Chiprany reads. "Students are a critical part of our ability to maintain a safe school campus. Please encourage your child to report any activity that they see or hear that they feel is a threat to their safety."

    According to a warrant obtained by Channel 2's Mike Petchenik, school police arrested 17-year-old Christopher Taylor Bradwell for bringing the weapon onto campus.

    The warrant said it was a .25-caliber Phoenix Arms brand handgun with the serial number scratched off. Police have not named the second student arrest.

    Monday, Bradwell's mother told Petchenik by phone that the other student was the one who brought the weapons to school and had asked Bradwell to hold a broken, unloaded pistol for him when police were notified.

    The letter to parents said that per school policy, the students would be expelled.

    Wheeler senior Stefan Greenlee told Petchenik he didn't hear about the guns until his mother received the principal's letter.

    "Just knowing people had real guns in the same vicinity as me, it's a little nerve-wracking," he said.

    Mary Stewart's grandson is a freshman at the school. She told Petchenik the letter was disconcerting.

    "Where are they getting these guns?" Stewart asked. "It's terrifying. You send them to school and think they're going to be safe. They're not safe anywhere, not safe out here on the streets."

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