CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —A 9-year-old boy will now have to wear an ankle monitor after he was accused of bringing
gun to school and pointing it at another student.a
“We thank God that the student came and reported that he had a gun, because if it was him, on the other hand, I would want somebody to do it for us,” the boy’s grandmother said.His mom says her 9-year-old son wants to grow up to be a police officer like Clayton County school resource officer Braxton Banks.
“You think that has something to do with the fascination with the gun?” Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne asked the boy’s mother.
“It could have a lot to do with it,” the mother answered.
Banks ended up testifying at the boy’s juvenile court hearing. Police said he was caught with a loaded gun at Pointe South Elementary School Thursday.
“Our Police Department had gone over crisis interventions with our administrators, and then the administrators in turn taught the faculty, taught the students, and it all worked perfectly,” Clayton County Schools Superintendent Lavina Jackson said.
The mom says the 9-year-old later told her the gun came from his grandfather’s drawer, but she didn’t even know there was a gun in the house where they all live.
“He’s smart and well-mannered, just not the best decision maker,” the boy’s mother said
“Did you make a determination as to whether he meant to hurt anybody?” Winne asked Catherine Slay, Clayton County Juvenile Court chief of intake.
“We don’t believe he did,” Slay said.
Slay said charges include carrying a weapon at school and aggravated assault because he is accused of pointing the gun at another student’s legs.
She said he pulled the trigger once while pointing the gun at a fence, but the loaded the gun did not fire.
“It could’ve been a different scenario; thank God it didn’t,” Slay said.
Slay said for now, Judge Deitra Burney-Butler ordered house arrest and an ankle monitor with 24/7 adult supervision and no access to weapons in the home, not even a knife.
“I want you to understand I am concerned, very concerned,” Burney-Butler said.