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Updated: substitute charged over gun at school

Updated information from Pickens Sheriff press release 


Substitute Teacher Charged After Bringing A Handgun To School

Pickens County Georgia, May 16, 2018: Earlier today, at approximately 10:00 am, our office was notified of an incident involving a substitute teacher that had a handgun in her purse at Harmony Elementary School. As we were notified, the Substitute had already been relieved from her classroom and sent home by school officials.

During the investigation, it was determined that several students in the First-grade class, that Ms. Julie Gungl was teaching, had observed the pistol and brought it to her attention. She then notified school administration. The handgun was a 9mm Springfield and according to Ms. Gungl, it was unloaded at the time. She stated that she forgot the weapon was in her purse upon entering the school.

After completing the investigation, detectives have charged Ms. Gungl with Possession of a Weapon within a School Safety Zone. Due to the fact that Ms. Gungl had a Georgia Concealed Weapons Permit, this charge is a misdemeanor. Throughout the investigation, Ms. Gungl has remained very cooperative and turned herself into the Pickens Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center.

She has been released after posting bail that was set at $1,000.



substitute teacher with gun

Book in photo from jail



Previous press release

Press Release from Pickens County Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson - 

     May 16, 2018  - Today at Harmony Elementary School, a female substitute teacher brought a handgun to school in her purse. The purse was open, and the handgun was observed by several students while in the purse. The handgun was never removed from the purse. The substitute teacher informed the staff at that school of the handgun. She was relieved of her duties and sent home. She is a substitute teacher employed by a contracted service company and will not be allowed back in our school system. The District immediately notified the Pickens County Sheriff, and he is conducting an investigation. The District would once again like to thank the Pickens County Sheriff and his staff for their continued cooperation and support.