An 8th grader at Austin Middle School, right here in Paulding County Georgia, was taken into custody on Wednesday when administrators became aware of the loaded gun that he had in his backpack.
According to Suzanne Wooley, the Director of Communications with the Paulding County School District, his parents were notified immediately. Wooley stated, “Administrators at Austin Middle School were made aware of a student with a loaded handgun,” she continued, “The student is in custody and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.”
According to Wooley, the gun was found and the student was taken into custody at dismissal time, so the school was not placed on lockdown as a result of the incident.
Paulding County Sheriff’s Corporal Ashley Henson said once the student was taken into custody, he was transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Marietta.
Parents were emotional on the 11 Alive Facebook thread, and are asking about the possibility of installing metal detectors. Some people were also upset that the boy even had access to the gun, and others were pleading for parents to talk to their children about gun safety. Overall though, they all seemed on edge but relieved that no one was hurt.
The comments go on but you get the gist. Should it be required for schools to have metal detectors installed? Aside from teaching your children gun safety, what other measures could be taken to prevent this in the future?
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