Pictures and videos of students with guns on campus have parents and the public concerned.
Those images have been shared numerous times on Facebook.
Two videos show two students each carrying guns inside a school in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS).
“Y’all know what the f— is going on yo,” a student said in one of the videos.
Another shows a girl pulling a gun from her waistband and pointing it at other students inside a classroom.
The questions parents have now is how could this happen, what’s being done to the students — and what’s being done to stop it from happening again?
While many folks just saw these this week, SCCPSS campus police were sent them by an alert teacher a few days earlier.
“They did identify the students in the videos,” said Sheila Blanco, SCCPSS spokesperson. “They did contact the parents, they did recover the gun that was in the video. The gun turned out to be a pellet gun.”
The videos come just days after a picture showing a student with a gun at Windsor Forest High School was posted.
Campus police are still investigating whether that was a real or fake gun.
But these brazen social media posts have many parents worried the “real thing” could end up in class soon.
“We need to go back to the drawing board as a community and the school board safety plan needs to be put in place – needs to be better organized,” said one Windsor Forest parent.
The current SCCPSS safety plan does include metal detectors — one in each school that can be moved around the school. But kids do not have to walk through it every day.
Schools also have wand metal detectors that they use to do random inspections of students, three times a week.
“It’s in the student code of conduct that they are not supposed to be bring anything into school that could be used as a weapon, whether that’s a gun, a knife, throwing star, nunchucks, anything like that,” explained Blanco.
“Sometimes a video or a picture might get posted and the student might think its a joke, teenagers have a different sense of humor a lot of times that adults and they need to understand its taken seriously, and it can go on their record and it can result in very serious consequences,” she added.
The students will face what the school system calls “serious” discipline for the videos and that picture.
But that will most likely “not” include criminal charges. Officials say that’s because it was a pellet gun in both videos investigators say, and not a “real” weapon.
School officials say despite these videos, there has not been any talk of students being forced to go through metal detectors every day.
READ: Statement from the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System:
SCCPSS has been made aware of two videos posted to a Facebook page Monday evening that appear to show a student pointing a gun in what appears to be a school classroom and in a hallway. Campus Police were made aware of the videos last week and immediately began an investigation. The students shown in the video have been identified and parents were contacted. The weapon shown in the video was recovered and found to be a pellet gun. Administrative action has been initiated and the investigation continues.
Safety in our schools for both students and staff is our top priority. All SCCPSS students are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct, Rule 10 – Weapons. School is no place for weapons or any item that resembles a weapon. Anyone who brings a weapon to school will face disciplinary action and the legal consequences associated with the violation of Georgia state law.
Students are always encouraged to report any suspicious activity to SCCPSS staff or Campus Police. We ask parents to remind their children that if he/she sees anything out of the ordinary to report it to an adult. Remember, if you see something suspicious, say something!
In addition, we want to remind you of these resources available for students:
See something suspicious? Call the School Safety Hotline, a partnership with Campus CrimeStoppers, at 912-234-2020. Weapons, crime, suspicious activity can all be reported anonymously.
Amnesty Box – Each school has a secured/locked metal container that allows students to anonymously dispose of non-permissible items without fear of being disciplined. If you’re not certain where the box is at your school, simply ask a teacher or administrator.
We appreciate your support in helping our students understand the importance of our established standards of behavior for the safety and security of all.