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Police intercept disgruntled school employee with gun

Sandy Springs police intercepted a disgruntled teacher headed towards a school with a brand new gun and ammo.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs police intercepted a disgruntled teacher who purchased a brand new gun and ammo after a meeting with school officials on Wednesday.

In the morning hours, administrators at the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School said they were having a conversation with a teacher about sending inappropriate texts to former students.

The administrator said the teacher, later identified as Terry Kelly, has worked for the school for 7 years but was placed on administrative leave until June 2017.

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At the end of the discussion, the teacher became angry and left the building, according to administrators.

School officials hired a private investigator to follow him because they were concerned.

He was followed to a Bass Pro Shops location where he allegedly purchased a gun and ammo. Police were notified after the purchase and followed the teacher as he headed back toward Sandy Springs and the school was placed on lockdown due to a "possible external threat".

Police said they soon pulled him over in a traffic stop adding that he was loading the gun when they found him. During that traffic stop, he was taken into custody.

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The teacher was charged with reckless conduct and obstruction in connection to the incident.

As of the afternoon, officials said there was not yet a booking photo because the suspect had been taken to an area hospital before being processed at the jail.

It is not clear if he ever threatened the school.

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