Police: Student had gun, mask, 100 rounds of ammo on campus


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GULFPORT -- Police have arrested a North Gulfport middle-schooler suspected of bringing a loaded handgun with 100 rounds of ammunition, an extra magazine and a mask to school on Thursday, officials said.

Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel said officers took the 14-year-old student into custody after someone reported the student brought a gun onto the campus of North Gulfport 7th & 8th Grade School, on Illinois Avenue, just west of U.S. 49.

The teen was arrested on a charge of possession of a weapon by a student.

At about 12:26 p.m., a Gulfport Police school resource officer was notified by the school principal that a student had a firearm on campus. The officer located the student and arrested him.

It was later learned that the child obtained the firearm from a relative's residence. It is unknown why he brought the gun to school, McDaniel said.

The student is being held at the Harrison County Youth Detention Facility pending a family court hearing.

"We want to commend the staff of the North Gulfport 7th & 8th grade school for quickly obtaining information and notifying law enforcement," Chief Leonard Papania said. "This action aided in the quick location of the child and taking possession of the firearm. In this ongoing investigation, we want to find out why a child brought a loaded firearm, over 100 rounds of ammunition, extra magazines, and a mask to a school. It is imperative that gun owners properly secure their weapons in their homes. Failure to do so may result in unnecessary tragedies."