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15-year-old Sandy Creek Student brings AR-15 pistol and 32 rounds of ammunition to school

By Michael Cuneo

TYRONE — A Sandy Creek high school student was charged with possession of a weapon on school property after authorities found a gun and ammunition in the 15-year-olds backpack.

On April 21, administrators at Sandy Creek high school in Tyrone, Georgia, tipped off the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office regarding a possible firearm at the school.

A sheriff’s office school resource officer responded to the scene, quickly finding an AR-15 pistol with 32 rounds of ammunition in the student’s backpack.

“A Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer, assigned to the high school, along with school staff quickly responded, locating an AR-15 pistol in a backpack with 32 rounds.” Fayette County Sheriff Barry H. Babb said.

Despite the nature of the incident, Babb says an investigation revealed that the student was not planning to use the weapon and that they were acting alone.

“The initial investigation determined the student was acting alone and had no event planned with the weapon. The weapon belonged to the student’s parent and is typically kept in a safe.” Babb said.

Babb explained that several students at the high school were aware that the gun was on school property, urging students to speak up in cases such as these.

“if there is one thing we have learned from this incident, it is several students knew the weapon was on school property. I encourage students to use the school’s anonymous tip system for future incidents like this one. I would also urge every parent to have a discussion with their student to please get involved and not hesitate to notify an authority of a weapon or any dangerous activity. Someone’s life, including their own may depend on it,” Babb said.

The student, whose name was not released, was charged and ordered to stay at the county’s Youth Detention Center until May 5.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune