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Athens boy arrested for bringing loaded gun to school


By Joe Johnson

A13-year-old boy reportedly was arrested Friday for bringing a loaded gun to Clarke Middle School.

According to Athens-Clarke County police Lt. Shaun Barnett, the incident came to light after a teacher learned the boy was showing photos of the gun on his phone to classmates."

"The student was removed from class and a search was conducted. As a result, a .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol and ammunition was located in the student's bag," said Barnett, ACCPD's public information officer.

"A loaded magazine was inserted into the pistol, but a round was not in the chamber. There were also some loose rounds in the bag," he said.

The Department of Juvenile Justice was contacted and they advised to detain the student, who was turned over to the ACC Sheriff's Office for transport to a regional youth detention center on charges of possession of a weapon in a school safety zone and possession of a handgun by person under 18.

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