CUSSETA, Ga. – Chattahoochee County Middle School and High School were placed on lockdown today, after officials say a man was found with two handguns on him.
According to Superintendent David McCurry, two staff members reported a suspicious person in the parking lot around 7:30 this morning. He says one of the teachers contacted a school resource officer, and another teacher contacted administration. We’re told the suspect was taken into custody within four minutes, by the school resource officer.
The Chattahoochee County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Melvin John Shively, who now faces charges including 2 counts of Possession of a weapon on school property, criminal trespass, and disrupting school operations. Shively is being held in the Chattahoochee County Jail. More charges could be added, pending the outcome of the investigation. They say so far there is no evidence that anyone was being targeted or that Shively intended to harm any students or staff.
The school lock down has now been lifted, and normal daily operations have resumed.