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10-year-old student arrested for carrying toy handgun
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A 10-year-old Fairview Elementary School student was taken into custody by authorities Dec. 3 for carrying a weapon - a toy gun - and making terroristic threats. The student allegedly threatened to shoot his schoolmates and a neighborhood child, who called 911 to report the incident.

"The caller was a juvenile male in the subdivision who said he (the perpetrator) was going to shoot him with a gun," said Lt. Mark Mitchell, public information officer for the Newton County Sheriff's Office. "When officers arrived, they learned that on the previous day, the same juvenile was allegedly on a Newton County school bus with a weapon threatening to shoot."

According to Mitchell, the student was taken into custody, processed as a juvenile offender and then released to his mother.

Newton County School System's spokesperson Sherri Viniard confirmed the student did carry the toy on the bus and said the action violates the school system's code of conduct.

"...Student safety is our primary concern and although this was a toy gun, it is still a very serious offense and it is a violation of school rules. We will not tolerate weapons of any kind on school property," Viniard said.

As a result of this incident, the student could face disciplinary action from the school.

"Students are given a school agenda that includes school rules and policies and the consequences for violating them," Viniard said. "All parents are requested to read those rules at the beginning of each school year and review them with their children, as the school system follows the agenda on discipline matters,"