ADEL, GA (WALB) - 17 year-old Cook County High School Student Austin Guthrie remained behind bars late Wednesday afternoon after school officials said he brought a loaded gun to school.
At 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, authorities confronted Guthrie in the school cafeteria after his grandmother notified the school that he was upset with his girlfriend and may try to bring a gun to school. Guthrie ran into the student parking lot, but was caught. A loaded .22 caliber pistol was found inside a bag that he had with him.
"As far as my office is concerned, we will prosecute the case just as far as the facts and the law will allow us," said district attorney for the Alapaha Judicial Circuit, Dick Perryman.
While it's not clear what Guthrie may have been planning to do with the gun, the school district's attorney, Daniel Studstill, said he was just thankful everyone acted as quickly as they did.
"Everyone followed the safety procedures that have been drilled into the staff and administration," Studstill explained. "It worked, and because of the swift action of the sheriff's department as well as the prompt and swift action on behalf of the administrators, we were able to avoid a tragic end."
Even so, Studstill said the school board will likely take a look at the district's security procedures at their next meeting. "Certainly it would be a great time...to review and fine tune our procedures and I'm sure that at our next board of education meeting we will review those procedures and policies," said Studstill.
Guthrie has been charged with carrying a weapon on a school premisis. After the incident was over, students and staff at Cook County High School proceeded with the day as normal.