A sixth-grader at East Hall Middle School was arrested and charged Friday after another student reported he had a weapon while at school.
Hall County Sheriff's Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the 11-year-old student had a .22-caliber handgun, which was found in his book bag in his locker.
“School officials and the school resource officer immediately detained the boy, retrieved the bag from his locker, discovered the loaded handgun in it and seized it,” Booth said.
A folding pocket knife was also found in the book bag, Booth said.
The school was placed on lockdown after the report. The lockdown was lifted at 11:30 a.m., an hour after administrators were alerted.
Investigators believe “the student took the items at some point this week from a family member without the family member’s knowledge.”
Booth said there was no indication that the student made any threats with the gun and he cooperated with authorities while being arrested.
The student was charged with two counts of possession of a weapon on school property, Booth said.
School spokesman Gordon Higgins said in a statement the student has been suspended and a message about the incident was sent to parents.
The student is being held at the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center pending a scheduled hearing on Tuesday.