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Handgun, magazine with live rounds found in student's backpack

(WMC-TV) - A gun was found in a backpack at Overton High School as a student went through a security checkpoint metal detector Tuesday morning.

According to Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the 15-year-old student was in possession of a .25 Caliber RG26 handgun. It was not loaded, but a magazine with five live rounds was also found.

The identity of the student has not been released, but he was arrested and is charged with possession of a weapon on school property.

The Shelby County School District released the below statement:

I would like to inform you of an incident that occurred at Overton High School today.

During our routine metal detection this morning, staff discovered that a student was in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The Shelby County Sheriff Officers at the school immediately took possession of the weapon before the student was able to enter the school. Weapons of any kind are prohibited on campuses. The student has been arrested and strictly disciplined in accordance with Shelby County Schools Board policy.

I want to commend our staff for taking immediate action. They are trained to handle emergency situations, but we need your support to help ensure Overton HS remains a safe learning environment. You can assist us by talking to your child about the consequences of bringing inappropriate items to school. Additionally, we will continue reinforcing all messages around student safety in school.

Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the school.

Even though a letter was sent home to parents Tuesday explaining what happened at Overton High School, Carla Ray says she would not think of sending her daughter to school anywhere else.

"I love this school," she said. "This is a great school. I wouldn't think about putting my child in a different school. This is where she's going to graduate from."

Carla is happy that the student was stopped at the security checkpoint.

"That means that the system works, so the kid actually didn't enter the school with it," she said. "I mean, that's a good thing. They're doing what they need to do."

"We all have a responsibility to make sure that our kids are safe, not only when they leave the house, but when they come to school," added Chip Washington, Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

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