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16-year-old accused of having rifle in car at North Hall High

Deputies found a rifle, a BB pistol, drugs and alcohol in a 16-year-old boy’s car Friday, Jan. 17 at North Hall High School, according to authorities.

A school official found an improperly parked car around 9 a.m. Friday at the school and saw a handgun inside the vehicle, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth.

Hall County Schools spokesman Stan Lewis said the student and the parents would not consent to a search of the vehicle.

“Deputies obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and located a rifle, a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a bottle of alcohol inside. The handgun initially spotted in the car turned out to be a BB pistol that looked like an actual firearm,” Booth wrote in an email.

The boy was charged with possession of a weapon at school, disrupting a public school and possession of marijuana, and the 16-year-old turned himself in Friday evening.

He was transported to a youth detention center, and the case is still under investigation.

“The student has been suspended pending a disciplinary tribunal. Additionally, the district is working with the Hall County Sheriff's Department to ensure the safety of all students and staff,” Lewis wrote in an email.