CUMMING, Ga. -- A 17-year-old high school student armed with a shotgun and pistol seized hostages at South Forsyth Middle School Thursday, demanding that authorities provide him candy, Coke and transportation, officials said.
The suspect, identified by school officials as Randy Addis, took over a classroom at about 8:25 a.m., a Forsyth County sheriff's dispatcher said.
Addis eventually freed all but five boys and one girl, said Joyce Shadburn, the secretary of Forstyh County School Superintendent Rick Case.
'She stayed of her own accord,' Shadburn said. 'She knew the boy and figured she might could help some way.'
The incident began when two coaches confronted the suspect after spotting him carrying a shotgun, the dispatcher said.
Witnesses said one of the men disarmed the boy but Addis then pulled a handgun, fired at least one shot and took students hostage in a classroom.
No one was injured in the takeover, Shadburn said.
Addis freed the majority of students and the two coaches in two waves of releases after he first demanded candy bars, Cokes and a cellular telephone.
The youth later demanded a bus with blackened windows, although he reportedly has not told authorities what his plans are, Shadburn said.
'The negotiations are continuing,' she said. 'They're still trying to talk him into coming out. My superintendent said they were not getting anywhere at that point.'
Classes at South Forsyth, which houses both middle and high school students, have been canceled for the day, and parents are being allowed to pick up their children at the front gate, Shadburn said.
Students milled around a parking lot at the opposite end of the school from where the hostages were, while waiting for their parents to pick them up.
Several parents who were unable to find their students among the crowd collapsed from heat exhaustion in the 90-degree weather.
But Shadburn said all students had been cleared from the school except for Addis and the six hostages.