Stu­dent re­port­edly had gun, pot on cam­pus

Au­thor­i­ties say ammo first was seen, but fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­cov­ered a .40-cal­iber pis­tol, mar­i­juana

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

DIN­WID­DIE — A 16-yearold Din­wid­die High School stu­dent was caught with a hand­gun and mar­i­juana on cam­pus late Fri­day morn­ing, au­thor­i­ties said.

School spokesper­son Christie Clarke said the high school of­fice got a tip from a stu­dent around 11:15 a.m. that an­other stu­dent had brought some am­mu­ni­tion to school. Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the school's re­source of­fi­cer found the stu­dent and dis­cov­ered that in ad­di­tion to the ammo, there also was an un­loaded .40-cal­iber hand­gun and an undis­closed amount of mar­i­juana.

The uniden­ti­fied fe­male stu­dent was im­me­di­ately taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent. Clarke said no other stu­dents or school staff were in­volved, and there were no in­juries.

"The safety of stu­dents and staff is the num­ber-one pri­or­ity of Din­wid­die County Pub­lic Schools, and any­one who com­pro­mises that will be dealt with to the fullest ex­tent of the law," Clarke said in a state­ment issued by the school sys­tem.

Clarke added that the high school was co­op­er­at­ing with the Din­wid­die Sher­iff's Of­fice in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Sher­iff's Maj. Wil­liam Knott said Fri­day af­ter­noon he had no in­for­ma­tion about charges be­cause the school re­source of­fi­cer still was con­duct­ing his in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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