Teen arrested after loaded gun found inside backpack

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 16-year-old student at a Virginia high school has been charged after a loaded gun was found inside the student’s backpack.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Highland Springs High School was placed on lockdown Friday after the gun was found. The student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property.

The gun was confiscated by police. In a letter to parents, school officials wrote that the weapon “was never brandished or used in a threatening manner.” They said they found the weapon after a tip from someone inside the school.

School administrators said students were held in class while police investigated, but instruction continued and students were dismissed at the regular time.

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