Police: Student brought loaded gun to Highland Springs High School

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A Highland Springs High School student was arrested and charged Tuesday after authorities say he brought a loaded gun to the school campus.

The gun was never discharged, and nobody was targeted or hurt, authorities say. Police did not release the name of the 17-year-old male student.

According to police, the student entered the building at approximately 10:15 a.m. A school administrator, and later, a school resource officer, attempted to search the student, who resisted. Police say the student was then placed in handcuffs, and an officer discovered a loaded .25 caliber handgun in the student's front pocket. A bag of marijuana was also discovered, police say.

It is school policy to search students who leave the campus without permission and then return.

Authorities did not elaborate on what, if anything, the student intended to do with the loaded gun. He was charged with possession of a weapon on school property and possession of marijuana.

Highland Springs parents were notified Tuesday via the school's automated phone alert system.

"Any weapon on campus is one weapon too many, and we have zero tolerance for that," said Mychael Dickerson, a school spokesperson. "The administration and staff were on top of this, and handled it appropriately," he added.

The student was suspended and later will be recommended for expulsion, Dickerson said.

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