WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – A 17-year-old student at a Southwest Virginia high school was charged with disorderly conduct and removed from school Friday after a CO2 powered pellet pistol was found in his possession.
According a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release, a student at Patrick Henry High School told the school’s principal that another student had a 9mm handgun on school property.
The high school was immediately placed on lockdown and an investigation revealed that the student had a CO2 powered pellet pistol in the waistband of his pants, which was concealed by a sweatshirt.
The student was charged with disorderly conduct and was removed from the school.
According to the release, the student was released to his parents.
“At this time our preliminary investigation revealed no threats were made nor was the weapon displayed in a threatening manner,” Sheriff Fred Newman said. “The investigation is still ongoing. As a result of a rapid response by school administrators and the school resource officer the situation was deescalated in a timely manner.”
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