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Student brings handgun to Hull Middle, turns self in

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."

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ssilover1 2 years, 4 months ago

If a letter about this went home to those who needed to know, then this is not a story.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

Th article mentions a letter was sent home to parents today. Well our kids did not bring one home and did not know the first thing about this until they read this article at 9:15 on Monday night. The neighbor next door also did not know until we called just now. May get the letter tomorrow by snail mail. Thank goodness the child turned himself in or something really bad could have happened.

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hcl 2 years, 4 months ago

My kids had brought home a letter informing me to log onto the school web site ASAP for an important message from the administration at Hull. I also received the information electronically in a school newsletter. I suggest any parents not subscribed to the school electronic newsletter, do so now. It's a very good source of communication from the school. We're very fortunate that this student did not intend to harm anyone. He seems to be calling out for attention and needs some help.

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ssilover1 2 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Estep's boss should have pulled this article. A child in need does not need to be in the news.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

There are several questions that need to be addressed here.Why did the school wait unti one day after the incident occured to let any one know of this issue.As stated in previous post no letter was sent here to our home and only found out about it on the internet in an electronic news letter that hcl posted using this format. There has been no mention of it on our local news to the best of our knowledge, of course have not checked that out yet.As for this article being pulled thank goodnes it was not. We need to know what is going on in the school system. Just remember that a child is also capable of pulling the trigger of a weapon as well as an adult. Where did this student get this weapon and what are the parents responsibilty in this issue. Since he is a juvenille we may never know these answers. Will say that this student is to be commended for stepping forward and accepting responsibility for his actions.It could have been alot worse. The other students at Hull know who this student is but his name should be released by the Police not us. Lets be thankful that nothing really bad happened and hopefully never will.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

Think about those kids at Couumbine and Little Rock that were killed by another student in their class. We as parents of any school have the right to know what is going on in the security of our school system and any where else for that matter. A strong message was sent to our adminstrators in the school system here in Gwinnett by this incident. Next thing you will say is that all weapons should be taken away from everybody. If that is what you truly want then there are countires that would welcome you.

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ssilover1 2 years, 4 months ago

Mack711, this is totally rediculous. As was pointed out early in the blog, you were sent a notice that your kid did not have in his bookbag. And, as a parent, you either let your kid read about this in the paper OR you pointed it out to your kid in the paper. Had your own kid been threatened you would have probably gotten a phone call, not a letter at the very quickest time possible. BUT the deal is this: you want to know about something that did not involve your child and was a very serious incident for the one and only child involved. You do not need to know about another's pain when the school has had it under their control. You also make nonsense and illogical, unrelated comments.

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Mack711 2 years, 4 months ago

First of all NO ONE on the bus that they ride got a letter. The letter was on the internet. It makes no difference if any child was threatened or not. A weapon has no place in the school system.PERIOD. All who attended that school were, or at least, could have been threatened. We as concerned parents should know what is going on in the schools. If your child was a class with some one who had a disease that could affect them would you not want to know about it? Sure you would. Same thing. There are a lot of copy cats out there and we may not be so lucky next time. This is not, as you say 'ridiculous' We were lucky and law enforcement knows it, Having been in combat situation when you do not know if the person has a weapon is a scary situation. At least we had body armour. Do you have a child in this school even if you do not it could affect you.

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 4 months ago

Ridiculous! Please learn how to spell! Anytime a child brings a weapon into a school, every parent and student in that school has the right to know about it regardless if directly impacted them occured or not!

I don't even have a kid at that school, but I certainly think it is my business to know about every crime that takes place in the community at large.

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