Dublin student brings gun to school

A Dublin Middle School eighth-grader was suspended from school for bringing a loaded gun on campus, authorities said Monday.

Last Thursday, a middle-school student reported a gun at school to school officials, said Chuck Ledbetter, superintendent of the Dublin city school system.

School resource officers searched an eighth-grade boy’s book bag and found a loaded handgun inside, Ledbetter said.

“I think it was a thing where a friend of his was getting in a fight, and he brought the gun as a backup kind of thing,” Ledbetter said. “Obviously the student is suspended. We’ll press charges and recommend expulsion.”

No one was injured in the incident.

The school was on lockdown for about an hour, he said.

The student was new to the system, and Ledbetter described the situation as atypical, since the school system hasn’t reported weapons on campus in the past.

“It’s something we never want to happen,” he said. “I hate that it occurred and appreciate the way faculty and staff handled things to make sure there wasn’t a more serious incident.”

Ledbetter said a meeting was scheduled Monday night to talk about school safety with parents.

Dublin Police Chief Wayne Cain did not return phone calls Monday seeking comment about the incident.

Staff writer Phillip Ramati contributed to this report.

To contact writer Julie Hubbard, call 744-4331.