Student shot by another student playing with gun at school

Augusta, GA – Richmond County Board of Education Spokesperson Israel Butler has released more information concerning a Tuesday morning incident at W.S. Hornsby K-8 School that resulted in a female student being accidentally shot.

Butler tells us, officials discovered that a student brought a gun to school “against state law and district policy”, around 10:45 a.m.

Read the Richmond County School System Statement

He also said that, “while playing with the gun inside a desk, a student accidentally discharged the weapon and another student was struck”.

Parents have been notified about the incident and the student who was found to have brought the gun to school is currently in police custody.

The injured student was transported to a local hospital and all other students and staff are safe and secure in the building.


***POSTED at 11:33 A.M. on Tuesday, August 25th***

Augusta, GA – WJBF News Channel 6 is covering breaking news out of Augusta.

We have confirmed that W.S. K-8 School, which is located on Kentucky Avenue off of Sand Bar Ferry Road, is on lock down after a student was accidentally injured by a gun.

Photo of the letter sent to parents of W.S. Hornsby K-8 School by officials regarding a situation involving a student being accidentally shot Tuesday morning, August 25, 2015.
Photo of the letter sent to parents of W.S. Hornsby K-8 School by officials regarding a situation involving a student being accidentally shot Tuesday morning, August 25, 2015.

A call came around 11:10 a.m. Tuesday morning from the Augusta Fire Department to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office about an incident at the school and the Richmond County Board of Education Police Department needed assistance.

Officials tell us a male student had a gun in his desk and was reportedly playing with the gun when it went off and struck a female student in the side.

The student who brought the weapon is currently in custody. The condition of the student who was shot is not known, at this time. That student was taken to a local hospital.

We have learned that parents who wish to pick up their child from the school, can do so ONLY on the middle school side of the school building.

View the Richmond County Board of Education Police Departments Gun Safety and Rules Document

We will continue to follow this developing story and our Renetta DuBose will have more information during WJBF News Channel 6 at Noon on Tuesday.

 

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