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April 6, 2006

Cordele- A Crisp County Middle School student was caught with a gun at school this morning.

Before classes began, a Crisp County Middle School student told teacher Sharon Daniel that another student had a gun. She searched the student and confiscated the weapon.

The 13-year-old student then ran from campus, and was caught a short time later by Cordele Police at an apartment complex next to the Middle School.

Administrators were able to start the school day off without any delay, as the incident was quickly over shortly before the official start to the school day.

"We had the weapon confiscated and secured, and the child taken to the police department fifteen minutes before the first bell ever rang this morning," said Principal Michael Lehr. "So we were able to restore order to the school before classes even really took in this morning."

The student is charged with Possessing a Weapon on School Grounds, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of a Revolver by a Person Under Eighteen Years of Age, and Obstruction of an Officer.

He was transported to the Youth Detention Center. Officials have declined to say if the gun was loaded.


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