News 12 First at Five/ January 17, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Some students at Glenn Hills Middle School stayed home from school Friday.
Their parents worried about safety after a gun turned up at school two days in a row. Officials tell us the two teenagers responsible are being charged with armed robbery.
Officials say an 8th grader at Glenn Hills, brought the gun to school Wednesday, and tried to rob another student.
Investigators say he brought the gun again Thursday. The victim's mother, Debbie Patterson, was terrified when she got the news.
"We didn't know exactly who had the gun, and where was this gun at, we were scared," she said.
School leaders weren't sure either. They just got word of a fight on Wednesday, where a gun was shown, but they were only able to identify the victim at that time.
Tim Spivey, Deputy Superintendent Richmond County Schools was on campus Friday, making sure everything ran smoothly. He said the investigation started Wednesday, but they learned a lot more details on Thursday.
"He brought it on Wednesday with the intent of robbing another student of his cell phone and contacted another student from another school who came over to the school Wednesday, and that's when the gun was produced when they were fighting," Spivey said.
Patterson said, "Once we got to the school, we found out our son had been a victim of being robbed."
Patterson and her husband decided to keep their son out of school Thursday, after death threats appeared on his Facebook page.
"I refused to send my son back until these young men were found because all kinds of threats were coming to my son, saying he better not snitch, better not do this," she said.
Thursday, investigators were at the school, trying to figure it all out.
"On Thursday, undoubtedly he brought the gun back to school, got nervous, about having a gun, passed it to someone else who notified administration," Spivey said.
They arrested 15 year old Shanard Walton, and he will be tried as an adult for armed robbery. But, they say he didn't act alone. He allegedly let a Josey High School student into the building to help. That student will also face charges.
"My goal is to find a new school for my son, for the simple fact that I don't want him to have to keep going to school looking over his back to make sure it won't happen to him again. Can he go to the restroom by himself, or can he walk the halls without being called a snitch?" Patterson said.
School officials want parents to know they are taking extra steps to keep them safe.
" We did a metal check this morning. We searched every single student. We have additional officers here today, so that's all we could do at this point," Spivey said.
We're told this incident does not appear to be gang related, but as a precaution, officials say they are going to start randomly using metal detectors and searching students.
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "I'm all about protecting and the safety of my kids," said Teresa Leslie, who lives near Glenn Hills Middle School.
Words, she is thinking hard about, especially after hearing a gun was found at Glenn Hills Middle.
"Next year he'll be going there," said Teresa. News 12 asked, "What does that do for you?". Her response, "I don't know about him going there anymore."
Teresa's husband Stacy was just as shocked.
"It's very frightening to know that these are children with weapons," he said.
School officials say one gun was found Wednesday afternoon. The same one was found again Thursday.
"I don't know about the security, if they can have more security," said the mom.
It's a question, Teresa and her husband need answered, especially since their 10-year-old son could be going there next year.
"It's just running through my mind, what if it would've been my son, gun shot, I don't know what i would have done," said Teresa.
The scariest thought for parents but it's the harsh reality in today's world.
"It's a real eye opener, you know as much crime is going on today, it can very easily be a big city or a small town."
Or they worry, at school like the one just a mile from their home, but Stacy says it starts at home.
"Parents need to start being parents," said the dad.
So their kids can be kids.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A gun was found on Wednesday and Thursday at Glenn Hills Middle School, Deputy Superintendent of Richmond County Schools Tim Spivey said.
Thursday's basketball game is cancelled for safety reasons, Spivey said. The students who brought the guns are being charged, he said.
No one was injured either day.
In one incident, a student reported she was holding a gun for friend and turned it over to school administrators, Spivey said.
The school system is investigating.