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Unloaded, inoperable gun found at Winston-Salem elementary school, confiscated by police

Piedmont Triad News

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — An unloaded, inoperable gun was found at Mineral Springs Elementary on Friday, according to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Around noon, a teacher at Mineral Springs Elementary learned about a possible safety issue on campus when it was reported that a student could have a weapon.

A student search found an unloaded, inoperable, older model handgun.  

The handgun was unknowingly placed in a 12-year-old student’s hoodie pocket by another student while he was out of the classroom, according to a Winston-Salem Police Department news release.

Law enforcement officials are called to campus any time a weapon is believed to be present whether it is operable or not.

School officials say the student’s parents were contacted, the issue was resolved in a matter of minutes and no students were in danger.

Winston-Salem police confiscated the gun.

School officials handled disciplinary actions for the students involved. No charges are being filed at this time, police say.

The investigation is ongoing.

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