Gun found in Baldwin student’s backpack

A Baldwin County student was arrested Wednesday afternoon after bringing a gun to school.

The boy, who attends Midway Hills Academy in Milledgeville, was charged with possession of a firearm within a school safety zone and disrupting a public school, according to a report from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. The student is 12 years old and in the fifth grade, the Union-Recorder reported.

Principal Antonio Ingram was notified by a parent Wednesday about the possibility of a gun being in a student’s backpack, Baldwin Superintendent Noris Price said in a statement. After a school investigation, the student was asked to leave class with his belongings.

A black, semiautomatic .25-caliber pistol was found in his backpack and confiscated, according the sheriff’s office report. The gun was not loaded, and the student did not have ammunition. The boy said the gun belonged to a friend of his older brother who had been staying with his family.

“I want our community to know that all of our students and staff were safe and at no time was anyone in danger,” Price said in his statement. “This situation was resolved without incident and the instructional day was not interrupted. Please rest assured that we take great pride in providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff.”

The student was taken to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and later released to his mother, the sheriff’s report said. A court date will be scheduled to address the charges.

The school district is encouraging parents to talk with their children about the incident, Price said. They need to make sure children know it’s against the law to bring weapons to school and that they should tell someone if they see or hear about a weapon at school.

Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @TelegraphAndrea