LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Hall High School student was arrested and disciplined for having a gun at school on Monday. According to Pam Smith, Communications Director for Little Rock School District, the gun was found in the 16-year-old's hoodie pocket during a metal detector scan and search.
Authorities found the gun about 10 a.m. with a hand-held scanner while performing a random search in a classroom. Smith said the gun was not loaded, but there was a loaded magazine found in his gym shorts, which police said were being worn under his jeans. A police report from the Little Rock Police Dept. states the gun was a Lorcin 9mm and the magazine held six 9mm rounds. The report also states that a security officer noticed the teen's hoodie was tucked into the front of his pants and had, what appeared to be, a gun handle sticking out of it. The security officer performed a scan and took the gun into his possession, then located and confiscated the loaded magazine.
Police were called to the school and students were cleared from the classroom. The student was taken to the Juvenile Detective Division for questioning and charged with Possession of a Handgun on school grounds. Smith said the student was disciplined according to the handbook, but did not provide details on the disciplinary action. The handbook states students could be expelled for having a gun on campus.
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"We really and truly regret that a gun was found," Smith said. "However it's because of doing that kind of random search that we were able to find it and avert any potential problems, and we're thankful for that."
District officials said the student brought the gun to school because he had issues with someone in the community, not someone in the school.