Sheriff: Gun found on middle school campus; 14-year-old in custody

Sheriff: Gun found on middle school campus; 14-year-old in custody

MAXTON, NC (WMBF) – A 14-year-old student was taken into custody after deputies said he brought a gun to his middle school.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and Maxton Police Department responded around 2:30 p.m. to Townsend Middle School in reference to a weapon being on campus.

Robeson County Public School officials told WMBF News that the student had brought a non-mesh/non-clear book bag to class which is against school policy and so the bag was confiscated. It was reported to school officials that something was inside the bag, and that’s when the weapon was discovered.

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it was a .22 caliber handgun.

No one on campus was threatened, according to Robeson County Public Schools.

The student will be detained at a local juvenile detention center until a hearing is held.

The incident is under investigation by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Division at 910-671-3140.

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