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MCSD releases statement regarding 5th grader caught with gun

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) -  

UPDATE: 12:07 P.M. 03/08/18

The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) has released a statement regarding the 5th-grade student who brought a weapon to campus.

MCSD says that student has been suspended. 

MCSD says the item was confiscated by law enforcement. Then the school contacted the student's legal guardians. MCSD says the child has been charged with a Felony Possession of a Weapon in a School Safety Zone. He also faces disciplinary action pending a tribunal hearing. 

The District takes reports of this matter seriously and cooperates with law enforcement to ensure protocol involving the safety and privacy of District students and personnel is a top priority. Rule 3 of the Student Code of Conduct does not permit any student to carry weapons or dangerous items while on campus. Students who violate this rule will face immediate disciplinary action, which could include expulsion, upon offense. Our primary concern is to secure and maintain a safe environment for all of our students and employees. We encourage parents, students, and personnel to remain vigilant in reporting incidences of this nature to administrators and law enforcement as we continue to carefully monitor each potential threat to our schools. We will continue to work in cooperation with our local law enforcement to determine the best course of action to ensure the safety of all students and personnel is maintained at the highest standard. "

 

 

UPDATE: 03/08/2018

A 5th-grade student at Reese Road Leadership Academy was caught Wednesday morning with a gun, according to an email sent out by the school's principal.

The email from Katrina Long sent to parents says the school security was notified and the gun was found in the boy's backpack. It is unclear at this time how the child had access to the gun.

"We are conducting threat assessments regularly to ensure that our students remain safe," Long says in the email.

The Muscogee County School District is currently preparing a response as well.

This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News 3 for updates.


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