Police: School bus driver arrested after students find gun in her purse

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A Barrow County school bus driver has been taken into custody after police say students discovered a gun inside her purse that was left on a bus.

According to officials, a student at Sims Academy found the purse on Tuesday. When the student looked inside the purse to find its owner, they discovered a gun and bullets.

The student immediately notified school officials at the front desk, which triggered an investigation.

Officers determined the purse belonged to 59-year-old Mary Jo Hall of Statham, Georgia, an employee with the school system as a bus driver.

Hall was taken into custody. While charges are pending at this time, officials say she will be charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds.

Officers say at no time was any student or faculty member in danger.