DeKalb Schools: Student detained after another gun confiscated

Aug 13, 2019 DeKalb County : Officers burst into classrooms with guns drawn Tuesday morning, August 13, 2019 after a Stephenson High School student reported seeing an armed classmate. The gun scare prompted a heavy police presence, road closures and a Level 3 lockdown at the school on Stephenson Road in Stone Mountain. According to DeKalb County School District police Chief Bradley Gober, a female student told officials she noticed a classmate get on and off a school bus with a gun. A sweep of the campus came up empty and there was no student found with a weapon, he said. Students were eventually allowed to reenter the building, and blocked roads were reopened about 10:30 a.m. The lack of information from district officials, however, sent panicked parents to Stephenson to check on their children. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

DeKalb County School District officials confiscated another gun from a student, at least the eighth time this year a gun has been found on campus.

A parent alerted administrators at Stone Mountain High School that a student had a gun Thursday. Officials said the school resource officer was notified and officials soon located the student and confiscated a gun.

They did not specify the type of gun.

”The gun was secured and removed from the student without incident,” officials said.

School district officials said Thursday’s was the eighth gun confiscated from inside a school this year. One gun was recovered from a stadium, found in a backpack. During the 2018-2019 school year, seven guns were discovered inside schools.

More than a dozen students have been killed at school this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, which advocates for reducing gun violence nationwide. That includes two students killed Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, Calif. Four other students were injured, including the shooter, who officials have said is in grave condition following a self-inflicted gunshot.

Metro Atlanta school authorities confiscated nearly 50 handguns and rifles from students on their campuses during the 2018-2019 school year, according to data submitted by the districts to the Georgia Department of Education.

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