Spalding High student arrested for having loaded firearm at school


A Spalding High School student was on Monday afternoon arrested for possessing a firearm on school grounds.

According to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office incident report, 17-year-old Elisha Maurice Goggins was contacted by Deputy Richard Mangham and Assistant Principal Corenza Barnes regarding a complaint received Friday, Nov. 18, alleging Goggins was in a black SUV an in possession of a firearm.

“I asked Maurice (Goggins) if there was anything that happened in the parking lot after school Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. He said that nothing had happened that he knew of. He also said that he had wrecked his black vehicle during the school break,” Mangham reported.

After Goggins was allowed to return to class, Lindy Pruitt, the Spalding High School principal, requested the student be returned to the front office.

Mangham’s report states that Goggins was asked if he had driven a vehicle to school Monday. He allegedly affirmed he had driven his step-father’s Honda.

“I asked Maurice if there was anything in the vehicle. He replied, ‘Yes. I have a Glock .40 under the driver seat,’” Mangham reported.

Mangham wrote that he asked for consent for himself and Pruitt to search the vehicle, and Goggins allegedly consented.

“Maurice unlocked the door and stepped to the front of the vehicle. I located a black Glock 22 .40 caliber pistol, (serial number ******) with a flashlight and laser attached to it. The pistol was loaded with 13 rounds in the magazine and one round in the chamber of the pistol,” Mangham reported. “I made the pistol safe and placed it on the front seat of the vehicle so I could take photos for my report.”

Goggins was subsequently taken into custody on a single charge of possession of a firearm on school grounds and transported to the Spalding County Detention Center.

Publisher’s note: The GRIP has reached out to officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System for clarification on reports that school officials informed parents of the incident, but allegedly stated the weapon was unloaded. Follow up reports will be posted as additional information becomes available.


  1. SHS parent says:

    I received an email and voicemail stating that the firearm was unloaded!

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