Amaya Willis said she didn’t know she was shot until paramedics arrived and told her there was a bullet in her leg.
“I’m just thanking God it was her leg. It could have been fatal,” Celita Willis said.
Doctors said removing the bullet could cause more damage, so it is still in Amaya’s leg. She will have to get it checked over time to make sure that nothing is wrong.
A small-caliber handgun was found hidden in a box inside a student’s book bag, Fulton County Schools said. A preliminary investigation by school police indicates the gun was accidentally fired.
Celita Willis said Amaya and her sister were in the magnet program at Banneker, but they will not be returning to the school.
The mother said she still has not heard from the school’s principal about the incident.
“No one from the school. I haven’t seen anybody, no follow-up email today from anyone,” she said. “I would have liked to have seen the principal out there with my daughter. I would have like to have seen someone down at the hospital,”
One student has been charged with possession of a weapon on campus and two students have been charged with reckless conduct.