Preschooler brings loaded gun to school in backpack

A Spalding County preschool student had a loaded gun in his backpack Tuesday, the school system said.

Another student mentioned the gun to a Jordan Hill Elementary School teacher, who found the gun Tuesday afternoon, according to Judy Parker, spokeswoman for Griffin-Spalding County schools. The teacher brought the backpack and gun to the principal, who called police and the child’s parents, Parker said.

Principal Anthony Aikens used the parent notification call system to alert parents, who also will receive a written letter Wednesday, Parker said.

“All students and families must be aware of the actions that violate school rules and understand the consequences,” Aikens stated in the message to parents. “We can avoid disciplinary action by each of you talking with your student about appropriate behavior at school. And, please, keep all weapons out of the reach of children.”

Students were not in danger, Aikens said. The student was disciplined, but details regarding the consequences for the weapon were not released.

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