Fake gun leads to lockdown

By Ed Brock

A seventh-grader at Morrow Middle School faces charges in connection with threats police say he made with a laser-pointer shaped like a Derringer.

The school was put in "lock-down" at about 12:45 p.m. Thursday after a female student told the school resource officer that the 12-year-old boy had a gun, Clayton County Police Department Capt. Jeff Turner said. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a minor, was pulled from class and initially no gun was found on him.

Turner said the school resource officer found the laser-pointer in a trashcan in the classroom. Also, students told authorities that the boy threatened a girl with the laser-pointer, putting it to her head and saying he would shoot her.

The boy was charged with terroristic threats and acts, aggravated assault and pointing a pistol. Turner said the police take every situation that might involve a weapon seriously.

"We don't care if it's a toy gun or a real gun," Turner said. "He will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law regardless."

Clayton County Public Schools spokesman Charles White said the boy didn't bring the laser-pointer to school in response to any existing conflict.

Staff writer Greg Gelpi contributed to this article.