Paulding County, GA — On Friday, at 9:51 AM School Resource Officers with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hiram High School senior for possession of a weapon on school grounds. Paulding County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers monitor social media outlets looking for nefarious activity among students.
This morning, a School Resource Officers observed a photo that had been posted on Brian Perry Belin, Jr.’s Instagram page where he had what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol in his waistband.
Belin, Jr., who was scheduled to graduate from Hiram High School tomorrow morning, was removed from graduation practice this morning and asked about the photograph and the gun by School Resource Officers and administrators. Belin, Jr. told administrators that the gun was inside his vehicle which was parked on campus.
When administrators searched Belin, Jr.’s vehicle, they located a loaded semi-automatic pistol that matched the one that was pictured in the Instagram post. Belin, Jr. was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of a gun on school grounds.
“School Resource Officers and administrators with the Paulding County School District are still actively investigating this incident,” officials said in a news release. “It should be noted that we do not believe that this suspect had any intention of conducting a school shooting at Hiram High School. However, it is uncertain what Belin, Jr. was doing with the pistol on school grounds. It also does not appear that the photograph was taken on school grounds either. This portion of the investigation is ongoing. Belin, Jr. is currently being held without bond in the Paulding County Jail.”