The Newnan Times-Herald


Juvenile still in jail in school gun case

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Dec. 05, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The 14-year-old who allegedly brought a gun to Lee Middle School Friday remains in custody at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Clayton County.

Under state law, a juvenile who is held in custody must have a trial quickly – within 10 days after a delinquency petition is filed. The delinquency petition must be filed within 72 hours after the detention hearing, which must be held within two days of the arrest.

In addition to penalties in the juvenile legal system, students who commit crimes at school are subject to disciplinary action from the Coweta County School System.

The juvenile suspect, a black male, was an eighth-grader at the school. Around 10:30 Friday morning, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, including the school resource officer, and school officials investigated a report that a student had a gun.

The student was located and isolated from others, according to Principal Cynthia Bennett.

The gun was a Jennings 9mm with a fully loaded 12-round magazine. There was no round in the chamber.

The gun belonged to a family member of the student, according to the sheriff’s office, and there is no indication that the student was being bullied.