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Treutlen Student Arrested
Friday, 25 January 2013

January 25--  School officials in Treutlen County locked down Treutlen High School Thursday afternoon after a rifle was found in a student's truck in the school parking lot.

According to Treutlen County Sheriff Tommy Corbin, "School officials found the weapon in the juvenile's truck and notified law enforcement.  They locked the school down due to their policy.  When the weapon was found in the vehicle and the deputies were called, the deputies found marijuana in the vehicle and then I brought the bomb dog and the drug dog and we checked the school where nothing was found."

Sheriff Corbin says the .22 caliber rifle in the truck was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition and less than an ounce of marijuana was found in the truck.  The 16-year-old student is charged with bringing a weapon on school grounds and drug possession.

Interim Treutlen County School Superintendent Regina Harris says the situation started when faculty members saw some students congregated in the parking lot at a time when they should have been inside and went to investigate.

She says the student's future in school will be determined after a full investigation in accordance with school policy.  Meanwhile, she wants parents to know that safety of students is the administration's highest priority.

Sheriff Corbin says his office and the school system work in close cooperation regarding school security.

"We cooperate with them very well.  If they see something that they're uncomfortable with we go out and check it out.  We are out at the school constantly riding through and checking, so we work really well with our school officials," he said.

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