Crime

Coach finds loaded gun in high school quarterback’s locker after football playoff loss

A 19-year-old high school student faces charges after a loaded gun was found in an athletic locker on campus.

After Northeast’s football team lost a playoff game Friday, a coach was searching for a jersey over the weekend and found a loaded Ruger LCP .380 handgun in the locker, according to a news release from the Bibb County School System.

The quarterback for the football team, Nolan Vashon Ussery Jr., of Macon, was booked into the Bibb County jail Monday evening on charges of having a weapon on school grounds and theft by receiving stolen property.

He was released from jail just before 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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Nolan Vashon Ussery Jr.

Ussery scored the only touchdown for the Raiders in the 23-7 loss to Swainsboro.

His father passed away in March before the start of his son’s senior season.

Ussery kept his dad’s obituary with him at every game.

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Nolan Ussery is a senior quarterback for the Northeast Raiders. He lost his father in the months leading up to his final season. He carries his dad’s obituary with him to every game. Justin Baxley Justin Baxley

He fully cooperated in the Bibb County Campus Police investigation, according to the news release.

Ussery stayed home from school Monday as officers investigated the case. He turned himself in at about 7 p.m. that evening, the release stated.

Additional charges could be filed in the case.

The school system notified Northeast parents Monday about the gun discovery.

“The safety of our students and staff remains one of out top priorities,” the release stated. “We will continue to conduct random searches, including those using handheld wands for metal detection, as well as canine-assisted searches at our campuses.”

Telegraph writer Justin Baxley contributed to this report.

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