A spokeswoman for the Griffin-Spalding County Schools said a teacher at Jordan Hill Elementary School learned of the gun from another child, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The backpack was searched and the weapon found.
Parents were told of the incident in telephone calls and a letter was also being sent out Wednesday, officials said. Principal Anthony Aikens said Jordan Hill students were never at risk.
"All students and families must be aware of the actions that violate school rules and understand the consequences," Aikens said in his message to parents. "We can avoid disciplinary action by each of you talking with your student about appropriate behavior at school. And, please, keep all weapons out of the reach of children."
School officials have refused to say what disciplinary steps were taken.
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