Two guns at two separate middle schools in metro Atlanta

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Two different middle school students in two different counties this week are in trouble with the law for bringing firearms on campus.

Police said a 12-year-old Cobb County boy accidentally fired a gun in the school bathroom and in Hall County, a sixth grader was arrested after police say he brought two weapons to school.

The students connected to those incidents in Cobb and Hall counties will be facing charges.

A school safety alert was sent to parents whose children attend East Hall Middle School, advising them of a lockdown after a student spotted another student with a gun Friday morning.

“Officials got word of it from another student. At this point, I’m unaware of how the other student knew,” said Derreck Booth, spokesperson for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Booth said school administrators and the onsite resource officer first detained the sixth-grade boy before going to his locker. Deputies said they discovered a loaded small caliber handgun and three-inch folding knife in his book bag.

Police said the investigation revealed the sixth grader took the pistol and knife from an unaware family member’s home.

Investigators said there is no evidence the student made any threats on social media or otherwise.

The student faces two counts of possession of a weapon on school property.

“No we don’t believe he went to school to shoot people at the school or cause harm at the school,” said Booth.

The sixth-grade student is being held at the juvenile detention hall. He has a court appearance on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, at Garrett Middle in Austell, Cobb County Police confirmed a gun accidentally went off in the bathroom on Wednesday.

In a statement, a district representative wrote: “the students have been identified, the weapon has been recovered, and charges will be filed by the police.”

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