Gun, knife found at separate Columbia County schools

Columbia County School District Police
Columbia County School District Police(Contributed)
Published: Mar. 15, 2023 at 12:33 PM EDT
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EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A teacher found a gun in a student’s bag Wednesday, leading to a reckless-conduct charge against the guardian, the Columbia County School District said.

It happened at Blue Ridge Elementary in Evans.

A teacher in the school’s severe special education pre-kindergarten class alerted the school resource officer and school administration upon discovering the item inside the student’s diaper bag.

The firearm was immediately confiscated and secured.

There was no direct threat made against the school, students or staff, but the student’s guardian has been criminally charged with reckless conduct, the district said.

Also Wednesday, a student was caught with a knife at Harlem Middle School.

Administrators said the student had it in class and was showing it to other students.

The student has been criminally charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, and will also be held accountable according to the code of conduct.

Last week, a teenager was caught with a knife in the neighboring Richmond County School System.

An arrest warrant states that Dexter Wright, 17, was arrested March 9 at Butler High School after a black Smith & Wesson knife was found in his fanny pack while he was in the school office.

He was arrested on a charge of having a weapon on school grounds and booked into Richmond County jail, according to jail records. He was out of jail by Wednesday.

Also in recent days, a Columbia Middle School student was charged after making “inappropriate” threatening comments regarding explosives and a Glenn Hills High School student was caught with a gun, according to officials.