‘Something was different’: Teacher’s instinct leads to Dougherty High student caught with gun

‘Something was different’: Teacher’s instinct leads to Dougherty High student caught with gun

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A teacher’s suspicion that “something was different” with one of her students led to the discovery that the student had a gun in school.

The Dougherty County School System Police Department said a male student brought a gun inside Dougherty High School on Tuesday.

LaKisha Bruce, the director of community relations, said she is happy that the male student was caught fast and no one was hurt.

“A teacher noticed something different with a student and a backpack and immediately took the student to the office and made sure they called in the police department and the issue was handled very swiftly,” said Bruce.

Bruce said that all teachers are trained in case of situations like the one on Tuesday.

“Our teachers are very attentive to the students that they see every day and they understand that if something is off or there is something that does not look right to them, what the steps are to take and that is exactly what happened yesterday," explained Bruce.

Bruce hopes parents will sit down with their children and talk to them about the consequences that come with bringing a weapon on campus.

“Students really don’t think beyond the moment. So, we need them to understand that, that split second decision that they make can impact them for their entire life," said Bruce.

The Dougherty County School system also wants the community and their students to know the criminal charges that come with bringing a gun on campus.

School officials said that if a student brings a weapon on campus, it is a felony and the student could see themselves in front of a tribunal.

“Bringing a weapon on campus is a felony charge whether you’re under the age of 18 or not. A felony charge can impact you," said Bruce.

Bruce said she hopes students will think before they decide to do something that could ruin their lives.

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