Police: 15-year-old student charged after bringing loaded gun to Robeson County high school

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 10:03 AM EDT
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ST. PAULS, N.C. (WMBF) – A 15-year-old is being charged after authorities said the student brought a loaded gun to St. Pauls High School.

Authorities said a school resource officer with the St. Pauls Police Department noticed the teen trying to return to the school’s campus Thursday morning after leaving. The SRO stopped the 9th grader in the parking lot and during the encounter, the officer found a loaded gun.

Police and school administrators said they discovered the loaded gun before the student entered the building.

“The Public Schools of Robeson County has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons on campus. The safety of our students and staff members is paramount. Thanks to the swift action made by staff members and law enforcement, a possible tragedy was avoided,” said Jessica Horne, chief communications officer for the Public Schools of Robeson County.

The school district said the 15-year-old will be suspended from school for a year.

The St. Pauls Police Department said the juvenile has been charged and is being held at the Cumberland Regional Juvenile Detention Center.