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Laney High School Student Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to School

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A student at Laney High School was caught Monday with a gun in his backpack, authorities said.

Derrick Tyler Barnes, 18, of Oak Street, Augusta, was charged with weapon in school building, grounds or functions, a felony. He was taken to the Charles B. Webster Detention Center, where he was being held Monday evening under no bond.

Principal Cordaryl C. Middleton told parents in a letter that a student reported to school staff that a classmate had a weapon on campus.

“The student was identified and school administrators and a Richmond County School System Police Officer walked the student to an unoccupied room where a search was conducted,” Dr. Middleton said. “A loaded handgun was located in the student’s bookbag. During the investigation, movement was restricted inside the building for a brief time.”

Out of an abundance of caution, additional police officers responded to campus and remained throughout the day, the principal said.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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