Student brings firearm to school, weapon discharged, no one injured
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- A firearm that an eight-year-old boy was in possession of discharged in a classroom at Lakeview Academy Friday morning, according to Byron H Wellman II, School and Community Relations Coordinator.
Wellman went on to say that no one was harmed in the incident and no schools are currently on or have been on lockdown.
Friday night the Baldwin County School District released a statement that said, "We are currently evaluating our security measures to determine what changes we need make to our current plan. We are also working closely with the Sheriff’s Department and the Milledgeville Police Department to identify additional security measures. As a school district, we will continue to make safety and security our top priority,” said Superintendent Dr. Noris Price.
Major of Field Operations at Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Scott Deason confirmed that the incident took place in a classroom with students present. Deason said that the sheriff's office responded to the call at 8:26 a.m.
Deason said that the boy was getting books out of his backpack when the weapon "went off."
Authorities took the child to the sheriff's office and interviewed him with his mother present, according to Deason. Deason said that the student told authorities that he didn't know he had the gun.
Deason confirmed that the boy will be charged with carrying a firearm on a school zone, being in possession of a firearm under 18 years of age, reckless conduct and disrupting interference with a public school.
Deason also said the boy is expelled from the school and will wear an ankle monitor.
According to Deason, the 9 mm Smith & Wesson came up as stolen from a past burglary.
The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office is still interviewing teachers and is currently investigating this incident.
One Oct. 25, a 12-year-old boy brought an unloaded gun into another Baldwin County School, Midway Hills Academy.