Grady student released from jail after accidental shooting

The Grady High School student who accidentally shot herself in the thigh won’t be returning to school Monday.

Morgan Tukes, a 17-year-old senior, was ordered Thursday by a Fulton County magistrate judge to stay 100 yards away from the Midtown school’s campus, prohibited from possessing a firearm and forbidden to have firearms in the house where she’s staying.

She was released from jail Friday evening, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Grady High officials learned of the shooting when Tukes walked into the school clinic, bleeding, around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The school was put on lockdown while police investigated and recovered a weapon, a pink .380 handgun.

Atlanta City School Superintendent Erroll Davis said the girl was late for class and was let into the school’s gymnasium by two other students without passing through a metal detector.

Tukes was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and then jailed.

After the shooting she was initially charged with a felony — possession of a pistol by a minor — and three misdemeanors: carrying a weapon within a school safety zone, reckless conduct and disruption of a public.

She spent Wednesday and Thursday night in jail to attend a Friday hearing on four new felony charges in connection with a hit-and-run incident last October. According to an Atlanta police incident report, Tukes rear-ended a city vehicle in October in the McDonald’s parking lot on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Fulton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said charges related to the hit-and-run were aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and reckless driving.

Friday, after being told by her public defender that Tukes was an honor student and athlete who resides with her parents, Magistrate Judge Roy Roberts said her parents could use a signature bond to post the bail.

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