A 7-year-old first-grader at Union Elementary School in Macon was suspended from school this week for bringing a BB gun to school in his backpack.
The gun was found Wednesday afternoon when a kindergarten student told a teacher about it, said David Gowan, the Bibb County school system’s director of risk management.
Gowan did not know whether the gun was loaded with BBs. No one was harmed in the episode, and the school did not go into lockdown.
The child was released to his parents and is awaiting a student evidentiary hearing within the next 10 days. He is facing a charge of reckless conduct, Gowan said.
“We want to remind parents if they have a gun at home to limit its access so that (children) can’t bring it to school,” he said.
The school system generally recommends expulsion for students who bring guns onto school grounds.
This school year, young Bibb students have been disciplined for bringing guns to school. This includes a third-grader from Morgan Elementary School who brought a handgun to school.
“It is starting to occur in younger ages,” Gowan said.
Union parents were notified by phone Wednesday on the school system’s automated phone messaging system, and letters also were sent home Thursday.
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