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Gun student brought to Clarke Central was loaded

A Bryco Arms .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol

By Joe Johnson

The gun that a student brought to Clarke Central High School on Wednesday was loaded, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report obtained Thursday by Classic City News.

Clarke Central’s school resource officer learned about the gun from a student, who wished to remain anonymous, who told the officer that during the third period the 15-year-old student showed a pistol to another student, according to the report.

The officer informed the principal, Swade Huff, and together they confronted the student in a secure location of the school, according to the report.

The student admitted that he had a gun in the front pocket of his book bag, and it was confiscated, the police report noted.

The gun was identified in the report as a Bryco Arms .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

The student initially told the authorities that he found the weapon in the woods on a pathway near the Stonehenge subdivision in west Athens, but he later changed his story and said he purchased the gun for $135 from an adult that stays in Stonehenge.

The student said that he was not affiliated with a gang and had no enemies at school, the report stated.

“He said, ‘I like guns,’” according to the report.

While the officials spoke with the student, the name of a person who referred the boy to the supposed gun seller “came up,” the report stated.

The student was arrested for carrying a weapon in a school safety zone and unlawful possession of a firearm, the police report noted.

The student was taken to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office prior to being transported to the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.

The gun incident occurred two weeks after a 16-year-old female student was arrested for having a military-grade camo knife on the Clarke Central campus.

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