Student brings gun to Sandy Creek High School, principal says

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The incident happened at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia. The school principal sent a letter to parents Thursday after the incident.

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. – A student was arrested after bringing a gun to school in Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County, according to the school principal.

Sandy Creek High School principal Richard Smith said in a letter to parents Thursday that the school administration took immediate action to investigate and secure the weapon. The student was taken into custody by law enforcement. There were no injuries to students or staff as a result of the incident, Smith said.

“I want to commend the students who provided the information to our administration,” he said. “Thanks to their diligent efforts, we were able to act quickly to protect the safety of our school community.”

Smith encourages parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of bringing a gun to school. Smith stressed the importance of students reporting anything they see or hear that could threaten the safety of students and staff. He said such incidents can “have lifelong adverse consequences”.

“Protecting everyone’s safety is a top priority and we must all work together to ensure Sandy Creek High is a safe place to learn and work,” Smith said.

Earlier this week at Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County, another student was taken into custody after administrators said they found a gun in a student’s backpack. This sparked a school safety meeting where the school addressed parents’ concerns and answered their questions.

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