ATLANTA (WAOK)- Atlanta police and APS security are investigating an incident at Grady High School that left a female student with a gunshot to the leg this morning.
Atlanta police say the student apparently shot herself in the thigh by accident around 9:45 a.m. The shooting happened in a courtyard area near the parking lot of the school. No other students or staff were injured.
The female student was taken to Grady Hospital for treatment. The school was put on lock down but resumed normal operation after 12 noon.
The student was identified as 17 year old Morgan Tukes. School officials are investigating why the student brought the gun to school. Tukes told police she arrived at school late on Wednesday and did not go through the school’s metal detectors. Tukes told police she entered the school through the gymnasium.
The weapon identified by Atlanta police was a pink (in color) .380-caliber handgun. Tukes was taken to Fulton County jail. She faces several charges including:
Carrying Weapons within a School Safety Zone
Possession of a Pistol by a Minor
Disruption of a Public School
Tukes is expected to make her first court appearance Thursday morning according to Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan. This is the second student related incident involving a student and a handgun in an Atlanta school in the past month. In late January a student was taken into custody after shooting another student at Price Middle School.