Student found with BB gun at school

Published 7:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2016

An elementary student brought a BB gun to school on Tuesday.
Picayune School District Assistant Superintendent Brent Harrell confirmed a student brought a weapon onto the campus of Southside Upper Elementary that day.
At 12:10 p.m. the principal of Southside Upper Elementary, located at 1500 Rosa St., notified the school resource officer that a student had a weapon in his book bag, Picayune Police Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said.
Upon the officer’s arrival, he spoke to the principal who informed him she had received an anonymous complaint from a parent that the child had a weapon in his book bag, Magri said.
The student was in the principal’s office at the time of the officer’s arrival, Magri said.
By that time, the principal had already checked the student’s book bag and located a black BB handgun, Magri said.
The officer recovered the BB handgun but did not find any BBs in the gun, Magri said.
The student was taken into custody for possession of a weapon on campus and was transported to the Picayune Police Department. The student was later released to a guardian, Magri said.
Through further investigation, officers determined that the student did not intend to harm and was not having issues with any other students. No one was hurt during the incident, Magri said.
“The school has taken the appropriate disciplinary action,” Harrell said.

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