Student brings unloaded gun to Hartsfield Elementary

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A third grader at Hartsfield Elementary School in Tallahassee is facing disciplinary actions after bringing an unloaded gun to school.

Dr. Rhonda Blackwell-Flanagan, the principal at Hartsfield, sent an email to parents Thursday evening alerting them to the incident.
According to the email, a student was found to have brought an unloaded weapon to the school that morning. Principal Blackwell-Flanagan said law enforcement was called immediately and the situation was handled quickly.

Deputies with the Leon County Sheriff's Office responded to the school and seized the gun, which they say is legally owned. LCSO says several students saw the weapon and notified teachers.

The sheriff's office says it has communicated with the State Attorney's Office, and the student will not be criminally charged due to their age. Principal Blackwell-Flanagan says the student will face disciplinary actions in accordance with the school's student code of conduct.

"We have processes that clearly outline what to do in situations like this. Unfortunately in this day in age it's not an uncommon occurrence. I think over the last ten years we've had maybe three or four of these incidents happen. But, we'll continue to work with our community to reinforce the rules and discipline,” said Chris Petley, a spokesperson for LCS.

Petley said pending the conclusion of an investigation, a determination on expulsion will be made. All expulsions go to the school board, which votes to approve or deny the request.

LCSO says no charges will be filed against the owner of the gun.

Officials are stressing that this is an isolated incident and there is no cause for panic or alarm.

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