Sheriff: Student shows up to Gulf Coast school with gun, other weapons

Published 9:21 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a Mississippi high school student showed up to school with weapons in his backpack and a gun in his waistband.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson tells news outlets the 16-year-old West Harrison High School student showed up Tuesday and was pulled out of class after other students told officials about the gun.

Peterson says a school resource officer found the gun in the teenager’s waistband along with knives and other items in his backpack.

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Peterson says there’s no reason to believe the teenager intended to harm anyone, and that school resource officers say they talk to the student often.

The student was charged with a felony count of possession of a weapon on school property and four misdemeanor counts of possession of a weapon on school property.