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Officials find gun at Houston High

A search began quickly when administrators at Houston High got word of a gun at school.

"Actually several students came to an administrators and said that they had heard there might possibly be a weapon on campus." said Mike Tebbe with the Shelby County School District.

Two students a male and a female were arrested after a loaded revolver was discovered inside the school. The gun was found in a student's locker concealed in a flannel liquor bag.

According to police the female brought the .357 Magnum to school as protection from gang related threats.

"My kids let me know and I was absolutely shocked." said parent Pattie Kempke. "This is a great school, its something that doesn't happen in our neighborhood and I was just shocked to hear it happened here."

A letter alerting parents went home with students Thursday assuring them that those responsible will be punished according to the district rules and criminal law. According to the policies it's an automatic arrest, automatic expulsion from the school system.

Parents and administrators are thankful that students recognize the importance of reporting not only what they see, but what they hear as well.

"Going back to school security really one of the biggest and most important aspects of that are having students who are willing to come forward and provide you information." said Tebbe.

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