Gun found on student at Bibb County school
A 14-year-old female student at Bloomfield Middle School in Macon was arrested and charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property Thursday, after school officials found her with a small caliber handgun.
Risk Management Director David Gowan says school police acted after getting tipped off about the student around 10:30 a.m.
"They acted on that information, immediately secured that student and the gun, and the school never had to go into a lock down," Gowan said.
This is the third instance recently of guns and knives being brought onto campus of Bibb County Schools, and now some parents are speaking out.
"I think it's ridiculous, going to school with that kind of merchandise ... parents just need to tighten up on them," said Mary Ann Hicks, the stepmother of a Bloomfield 6th grader.
Hicks says parents need to take a more active role in making sure their children aren't bringing weapons to class.
"These kids are smart these days, they hide stuff, you wouldn't even have the idea they have it," Hicks said.
Bibb County Schools Director of Public Relations Donald Porter wouldn't elaborate on the details of the case saying they would be released with the redacted incident report. Porter wouldn't comment on a possible change in policy to combat the recent rash of weapons found at schools but Gowan did say parents can always help out.
"We would encourage parents to secure their weapons in the home and pay attention when their kids leave for school in the morning. Check their book bags, check their person, make sure they're not bringing anything, any type of weapon or knife," Gowan said.
Porter did say new Chief of Campus Police Russell Bentley would address the issue of weapons on campus during a press conference scheduled for Friday.