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Deputies: 13-year-old brings gun to school, loses it

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Erwin Middle School (

ROWAN CO., N.C. — Deputies said a 13-year-boy brought a gun to school and then complained to authorities after it went missing Monday in Salisbury.

Deputies said the juvenile brought a .380 Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and a magazine loaded with six rounds of ammunition to Erwin Middle School.

Deputies said the student brought the gun to school in his book bag and was showing it off to another 13-year-old student.

Officials said the first student later noticed the gun was missing from his bag and immediately contacted school officials.

Officials said the gun was found in the back pocket of the student he showed it to.

The weapon was not loaded and did not have a magazine when it was seized, deputies said. 

Authorities said the school will recommend a 365 day suspension of both students.

Deputies said the boy brought it to school after unlocking it from a hidden lockbox he found the previous night.

The first boy will be charged via a juvenile referral with larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds, and carrying a concealed weapon.

The second boy will be charged via a juvenile referral with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon.