VALDOSTA — Two pistols were found on the Lowndes High School campus Monday.

The .357 caliber firearms were taken from two students, Superintendent Dr. Steve Smith stated in a press release.

The high school administration was notified of the possibility of a weapon on campus by a student.

“We are indebted to the student for making a wise choice by informing school administrators,” Smith stated. “School administrators and resource officers took immediate action to recover the handgun from the suspected student. Subsequently, they were advised that another student was in possession of a handgun.”

Both guns were recovered without incident.

Neither gun was loaded. There was no evidence of ammunition, the press release stated.

Under Georgia law, any student who is determined to have brought a firearm to school shall be referred to law enforcement and recommended to a tribunal for expulsion from school for no less than one year.

According to the press release, both students involved in today’s incident have been dealt with according to the law.

“We regret this occurrence as safety is the foremost value of the Lowndes County School System,” Smith stated. “Schools are a microcosm of society; therefore, they reflect the communities in which we live. Unfortunately, education is not exempt from harmful societal issues.”

Calls made to law enforcement officials were not returned at press time.

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