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Rome City students learning from home after guns found in first week of school

They were found at Rome High School.

ROME, Ga. — Students in Rome City Schools will learn from home Friday as officials talk about safety and security.

The district is keeping kids at home after finding two guns on campus during the first week of school.

Both were found at Rome High School specifically.

The school says one student willingly turned over one of the weapons and that there was never a threat to students or teachers.

According to the school, that student is criminally charged with having a weapon on school property.

The school board met to review the incidents, look at current safety protocols and to discuss further plans, according to a statement from the district. 

The district also announced on their Facebook page that a Rome High School football scrimmage planned for Friday had been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. 

The Rome High School football scrimmage at Kell has been cancelled for tonight due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted by Rome City Schools - Rome, GA on Friday, August 5, 2022

Photos from the safety meetings that took place Friday were posted on Rome City Schools Facebook page. 

Rome City Schools faculty, staff and administration are meeting in all RCS schools today to discuss safety and security...

Posted by Rome City Schools - Rome, GA on Friday, August 5, 2022

11Alive reached out to the district, asking if the cancellation was related to the guns found on campus. Read the full statement from Rome City Schools below. 

"We unfortunately had two days where a gun was safely retrieved from a student in the afternoon of the school day. In light of this, we chose to call a Flexible Learning Day for today so that all schools could be proactive and revisit all safety protocols and drills. Rome High School faculty and staff are not only doing this, but are additionally meeting on general processes and procedures for the school. The school board is meeting to review the incidents, to look at current safety protocols, and to discuss future plans."

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