Gun found in backpack of Talladega High School student

FHS Student Arrested After Shooting Threat

Police are investigating the report of a student allegedly bringing a gun to da Vinci Institute High School on Tuesday, Feb. 13, school officials said.

Around a half-hour after a student showed another student a gun in a backpack, the boy was apprehended, with the weapon still in the backpack, police say.

District spokeswoman Diana Spencer confirmed the school is on lockdown and that police are on the scene.

"Someone saw something, and spoke up, and school administration and OPD Officers were able to act swiftly to ensure the safety of students on campus", a police spokesperson said in a statement.

The student, a sophomore, was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school campus, a felony.

When the student was located, officers found a black CO2 BB gun, 24 CO2 cylinders, ammunition and a pocket knife, according to a news release.

Authorities said they did know the identity of student and later found the student, only identified as a 14-year-old male, in a third-floor classroom. There are no reported injuries.

UPDATE - The staging area for parents has been moved to 1125 Cromwell Bridge Road, in the parking lot of The Big Screen Store.

The incident comes a day after 17 people were killed in a massacre at a south Florida high school.



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