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Student suspended after carrying gun to class in Decatur

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

Decatur school officials suspended a ninth-grade student Tuesday for bringing a gun to class.

Supervisor of Safety Phil Hastings said the student took the gun to his classes Tuesday morning at the Special Services Center. Technically, the student is registered at Austin, but he attends classes at the center and was not on the Austin campus with the weapon.

Hastings said the student had the handgun in his backpack and showed it to another student, who turned him in to school officials. When confronted, the teen gave officials the empty gun. He did not have any ammunition.

"He didn't make any threats," said Hastings, who did not know why the boy had the gun.

Hastings said school officials involved the Decatur Police Department and will file a petition with Morgan County Juvenile Court. They sent the student home in the custody of his parents. His suspension is indefinite, pending an expulsion hearing with the Decatur City Board of Education.

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