Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- A Hull Middle School student has been arrested after he took a handgun and ammunition to school Monday, officials said.
The male student -- who was not identified because he is a juvenile -- rode the bus to the school off Old Peacthree Road in Duluth Monday, Gwinnett County schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said. Upon arrival, he "went directly to the counselor's office and self-reported that he had the weapon," Quintana said.
There was no incident involving the .32-caliber gun. A police report showed the student also had five rounds of ammunition in his possession.
With Principal Denise Showell out of town attending a funeral, Assistant Principal Katise Menchan sent a letter home Monday to parents of students at the Peachtree Ridge cluster middle school.
"We are fortunate that occurrences like this one are rare at our school," the letter said. "That said, I want to reassure you that this incident was handled quickly and efficiently."
The student has been charged with possession of a weapon on school property and will face disciplinary action at school, Quintana said.
Officials said that the Hull Middle counselor and administrators "immediately started working and speaking with" the student after he turned himself in. They called his parents and contacted a school resource officer.
Quintana said the motive of the suspect's actions, as well as the source of the handgun, were unclear.
"In regards to that," he said, "what we know is that he did not have any intention of hurting anyone."