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Gun found in Macon 4th grade classroom

Bibb County Schools officials say a fourth-grader at Taylor Elementary brought a gun to school Wednesday, and it was safely apprehended without incident./Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga -- Bibb County Schools says a student at Taylor Elementary brought a gun to school Wednesday, and it was safely apprehended without incident.

In a press release Thursday, Bibb County Schools say around 3:10 p.m., a fourth grade teacher overheard several students in her class talking about a gun. The teacher then alerted the school's crisis response team.

Within minutes, campus police was notified, the students in the classroom were isolated and the gun was found and secured. The students were then released at the usual 3:20 p.m. time.

According to the release, campus police determined the gun to be a 9mm loaded handgun. A School Messenger call was sent out to all parents of Taylor Elementary School students on Wednesday evening to notify them of this incident and to invite them to a Parent Meeting Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the school.

David Gowan, Bibb County's director of safety and security, told WGXA Thursday morning that the student brought the gun from their grandmother's home.

There were five students involved in the incident –-- two who handled the gun and three who knew about the gun but did not report it to a teacher or administrator, according to Bibb County Schools.

The release also stated: "We also want to ask that parents please lock up their weapons and ensure that children cannot access them under any circumstances."

Gowan added Thursday: "If you have weapons in the home please secure them. And we encourage the students that if they become aware of things like these -- a gun or knife or anything else that can harm the staff or fellow students -- please notify an adult in the building."

Gowan would not give any details on the discipline the student will receive.



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