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Update: 7th grader brought weapons to school on a dare, police say

A seventh-grade student at North Gulfport 7th & 8th Grade School brought several knives and a pellet gun to school on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.
A seventh-grade student at North Gulfport 7th & 8th Grade School brought several knives and a pellet gun to school on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Gulfport police confirmed a student North Gulfport 7th and 8th Grade brought a pellet gun and knives to campus on Wednesday.

Sgt. Joshua Bromen said a Gulfport Police School Resource officer was notified by the principal about 12:30 p.m. that a student was in possession of a firearm on campus, located at 4715 Illinois Avenue.

The male student, a 13-year-old seventh grader, was arrested after police found a pellet gun, several knives and a carbon dioxide cartridge in his possession, Bromen said.

Police said the student apparently brought the weapons to school on a dare from a female student, and Bromen said the student did not bring them to cause harm to others.

The student was taken for processing to the Harrison County Youth Detention Center, Bromen said. He is awaiting a court appearance.

In April, a 14-year-old student in the same school allegedly brought a loaded handgun with 100 rounds of ammunition to campus. That student was arrested by police.

Bromen asks that students who see any kind of illegal behavior to tell officials or authorities immediately.

“We would like to remind everyone if you see something, say something,” Bromen said.

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