Police find gun in student’s bookbag at Smith Elem. in Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.C. — School officials at Smith Elementary School in Burlington found a gun in a student’s backpack on Wednesday afternoon, prompting the school to go on a temporary lockdown.

Around 10 a.m., a school resource officer and administrative staff were investigating a separate complaint when they received information that indicated a weapon had been brought onto campus by a student.

Administrators and the resource officer investigated the report and recovered a gun in the student’s book bag.

According to police, preliminary information indicates the student found the weapon near Apple St. while waiting for the school bus. The student placed the weapon in his bookbag and brought it to school.

The weapon was recovered while the student was on campus.

No one was injured or threatened with the weapon.

The names of the students will not be released. ABSS will take administrative actions with the students involved.

No other information was provided.


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