A Gainesville man is accused of having an Airsoft pistol in the school safety zone near Lanier College and Career Academy last week after a video was presented to the academy’s administrators.
Alexsi Longoria, 20, was recorded talking about “having something” as well as taking something from his waistband and placing it in his car after an “off-campus confrontation,” said Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth. All of this happened Wednesday, Sept. 19, near the school but off campus.
“Several people in the video are heard talking about Longoria having a gun,” Booth said in a news release. “He never mentioned on camera that the pistol was in reality an Airsoft gun.”
School administrators saw the video late Thursday, Sept. 20, shared it with the sheriff’s office and subsequently had extra deputies present the next day.
“The video was made on a student’s phone, which was later brought to LCCA officials by the student’s parent,” Booth wrote in an email.
Longoria was suspended from the academy as well as any other school in the district for the remainder of the school year.
“Deputies determined that Longoria had the Airsoft pistol in his vehicle throughout the day Wednesday, possibly because he believed the other party in the confrontation would have an actual firearm. They found no evidence the other individual had a gun,” Booth wrote in a news release.
Longoria turned himself in to the Hall County Jail Saturday, Sept. 22, on a charge of possession of a weapon on school property and was released later on a $5,700 bond.
According to Magistrate Court officials, Longoria planned to hire an attorney, though no information was available Tuesday evening.