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Juvenile charged for bringing gun to school

From the Commonwealth Journal

Photo - Caleb Lowndes CJ Staff Photographer

A 15-year-old male juvenile was arrested Thursday after reportedly bringing an unloaded handgun to Pulaski County High School.

No injuries took place, and there was no immediate threat nor any threats made to students or staff, according to Pulaski County Superintendent Pat Richardson.

Richardson and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Public Affairs Officer Karl Clinard both confirmed that school administration and the school’s Student Resource Officer, Alex Wesley, responded to reports that a student was in possession of a gun.

“I think the administration at Pulaski County High School did a great job of handling the situation, in coordination with our SRO,” Richardson said.

Clinard said the SRO was informed during the day that a student might be in possession of a handgun. Wesley and a school administrator made contact with the student between 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. The weapon was not loaded at the time it was found.

Richardson said that the district conducted a One Call to inform parents of PCHS students of the incident. No changes are to be made to Friday’s schedule because there have been no threats made, he said.

The juvenile was escorted from school property by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds. He was transferred to the Adair County Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia.

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