Eleven-year-old arrested with gun, ammunition at a Valdosta elementary school

| February 24, 2017

VALDOSTA – On Thursday, February 23 at S.L. Mason Elementary School, an 11 year old male juvenile was arrested for Possession of a Firearm on School Property. A teacher discovered the juvenile had a firearm with ammunition in his possession.

Once the school faculty found the firearm, they immediately notified the school resource officer (SRO), a Valdosta police officer, who took possession of the firearm. The student was removed from school and the Department of Juvenile Justice was notified with a Juvenile Criminal Complaint filed against the child.

“My review of the incident reflects that the system worked in this case. A faculty member of school did their job, discovered the student had a firearm, and immediately turned the case over to law enforcement. This is the perfect example why our school system elected to have a Valdosta Police Officer in every school”, stated Chief Brian Childress.

Superintendent of Valdosta City Schools, Dr. Todd Cason, echoed Chief Childress by saying, “the safety of our staff and students has and will always be the top priority in Valdosta City Schools. I am very proud of the quick response of our VCS faculty and am grateful for the support of the SRO at S.L. Mason, as well as the Valdosta Police Department.”

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  1. Curious says:

    “A teacher discovered the juvenile had a firearm with ammunition in his possession. ”

    Is this another way to say the child had a loaded firearm? I also think that saying the system “worked” is really trying to find a bright spot in this situation. An 11 year old still managed to bring a gun to school. For whatever reason, we don’t know what time of day the weapon was discovered, where the weapon was discovered or how the weapon was discovered. Was the safety on when the weapon was located? So many questions, but thankfully no student was harmed. Now, what will become of this miscreant? Sounds like S.L. Mason may need a Crazy Joe Clark to take back that school.

    • Nothing will replace solid parenting and vigilant care of our children. So many thing on television seem to give children permission to act out in dangerous ways. Peer pressure pushes children to make bad decisions. But solid parenting isn’t always enough and I’m glad that Valdosta has a very good program in place to limit the level of danger in our schools.

  2. A. Evans says:

    “A teacher discovered the juvenile had a firearm with ammunition in his possession.”

    Is this another way to say the child had a loaded firearm? I also think that saying the system “worked” is really trying to find a bright spot in this situation. An 11 year old still managed to bring a gun to school. For whatever reason, we don’t know what time of day the weapon was discovered, where the weapon was discovered or how the weapon was discovered. Was the safety on when the weapon was located? So many questions, but thankfully no student was harmed. Now, what will become of this miscreant? Sounds like S.L. Mason may need a Crazy Joe Clark to take back that school.

  3. Curious says:

    “A teacher discovered the juvenile had a firearm with ammunition in his possession. ”
    Is this another way to say the child had a loaded firearm? I also think that saying the system “worked” is really trying to find a bright spot in this situation. An 11 year old still managed to bring a gun to school. For whatever reason, we don’t know what time of day the weapon was discovered, where the weapon was discovered or how the weapon was discovered. Was the safety on when the weapon was located? So many questions, but thankfully no student was harmed. Now, what will become of this miscreant? Sounds like S.L. Mason may need a Crazy Joe Clark to take back that school.

  4. Dorothy Pierce says:

    Oh, my God my great Neice go’s to that school. Who all the parent to the child I don’t blame the child for having a gun at the school I blame the parents for this child having, a gun at school because. If the gun was under lock it could never made to the school. ..

  5. Cynthia Gillans says:

    Why didn’t the teachers or principal resolve the issue of bullying beforehand, which may have prevented the child from bring a gun to school. It’s obvious the child was afraid. Nope this doesn’t justify him bringing a weapon to school, but it certainly tell us SOMETHING HAPPENED!!! PERHAPS we can all take a lesson from this incident.