An 11-year-old Paulding County boy is now in his mother’s custody one day after he was caught with a gun in his backpack at school.
Students alerted East Paulding Middle School administrators on Monday that the boy had the gun in his bookbag. School leaders then called the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office. A resource officer dispatched to the scene later removed the .40 caliber gun from the student’s bag without incident. The boy was taken to the sheriff’s office and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. A juvenile judge released the student into his mother’s custody.
Although the gun was unloaded there was reportedly ammunition in the backpack. Investigators are still trying to determine who owns the weapon and why the student brought it to school.