Bloomfield Middle School student caught with gun at school

pramati@macon.comOctober 4, 2012 

A Bibb County campus police officer found a 14-year-old female student with a gun inside Bloomfield Middle School on Thursday morning.

About 10:30 a.m., Bloomfield school officials were notified that a student had a gun. A campus police officer detained the student and found the weapon, said Dave Gowan, the system’s director of risk management.

Officials would not say what type of gun it was or whether it was loaded. Gowan said the investigation is ongoing.

There was no lockdown at the school and classes were not disrupted. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to make arrangements with juvenile authorities for processing.

Shannon Norfleet, the school’s principal, planned to send a letter home with students to tell parents what happened, and an automated school message also went out.

The incident is the latest involving a student carrying a weapon either on school grounds or at a bus stop since the school year began in August.

In September, school officials dealt with several incidents, including a student who brought a steak knife to Hutchings Career Center; a Rutland High School student who was carrying a pocket knife; a Weaver Middle School student who was discovered with a gun in his shoe; another Westside High School student who brought two knives to campus; and another alternative school student who tried to injure another student with a box cutter.

This isn’t the first time campus police have had to deal with a gun at Bloomfield Middle School. In November 2010, officials, acting on a tip from a parent, detained a 14-year-old eighth-grader for bringing an unloaded gun to the school.

In August 2009, a student was charged after bringing a gun to the school. It accidentally discharged into the floor of a classroom. No one was injured.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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