A substitute teacher was sent home Wednesday after she brought a handgun to an elementary school.

The unidentified substitute had the handgun in her purse at Harmony Elementary School in Pickens County.

The teacher never took the handgun out of her purse, but it was seen by several students in her first grade class, according to Dr. Carlton Wilson, the superintendent of Pickens County Schools.

After the students told the substitute they saw the gun, she then told school officials, according to a spokesperson with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.

She was sent home and will not be allowed back in the school system, according to Dr. Wilson.

The sheriff's spokesperson identified the substitute as Julie Gungl, who said the 9mm Springfield was unloaded at the time. Gungl forgot the handgun was in her purse, according to authorities.

Police say Gungl was very cooperative and turned herself into authorities. She was charged with possession of a weapon within a school safety zone, which is a misdemeanor since she had a Georgia Concealed Weapons Permit.

She has since been released after posting $1,000 bail.

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