Student reportedly brings unloaded gun to middle school in LaGrange

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – An unloaded handgun was recovered at a middle school in Troup County.

On Wednesday, March 28 parents of students of Long Cane Middle School were informed of an incident regarding an unloaded handgun that was recovered from a student at the school.

This incident was the result of an investigation that had begun two days after the school's Resource Officer, Deputy Phillip Johnson had received a complaint regarding a student writing graffiti on the walls in the bathroom.

During his investigation, he was able to identify which student was responsible for this action and on Wednesday the student was brought to an administrator's office for questioning.

While Deputy Johnson and school administers were questioning the student they asked permission to look in the student's bag for any items related to the graffiti.

It was at that point the student became very guarded toward his book bag and began placing his hands near it. As Deputy Johnson tried to pull him away from the bag a brief struggle occurred with him and the student while another administrator assisted in detaining the student and he was placed in handcuffs.

A search of the book bag revealed the marker the student had used to write on the wall and an unloaded black handgun.

The student was taken to the Troup County Sheriff's Office for completion of the proper paperwork and then he was transported to a regional youth detention center and is charged with the following:

  • Carrying weapons within school safety zones
  • Possession of a stolen gun
  • Obstruction of an officer
  • Other charges are currently pending.

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