Tue., March 9, 2010 3:05pm (EST)

Gun Goes Off in Middle Georgia School
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

DUBLIN, Ga.  —  
9mm handgun (Photo Courtesy: Soul Rider, Flickr)
9mm handgun (Photo Courtesy: Soul Rider, Flickr)
A Middle Georgia student has been arrested after a gun he brought to school went off, striking another student, and it’s not the first time a weapon’s made its way to the classroom.

This is the second time this year a student has been caught with a gun in Dublin. Three incidents have been recorded in Macon and one in Warner Robins. The students involved range in age from 9 to 17 years old and the schools have been urban, rural, public and private.

Michael Dorn is the former Police Chief for the Bibb County School System and a nationally recognized expert on school safety. He says many problems start outside of the classroom.

“Most school weapons assaults center around a fight. And, so, if you have 25 fights in a high school in a given year we would suggest that you really may want to revisit that issue.”

Dorn says Georgia does a good job training its teachers but some schools still get an “F”. He worries that budget cuts could only make the problem worse.