Students arrested after loaded gun found at school
BATON ROUGE - Deputies on the School Drug Task Force arrested two East Baton Rouge students today after a gun was found in a garbage can outside Park Forest Middle School.
Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks with the EBR Sheriff's Office said the two 8th grade students, ages 13 and 14, were charged with possessing a stolen gun and bringing a gun onto school grounds.
The school called in the task force after an anonymous student reported seeing another student with a gun. Park Forest administrators said they found a loaded handgun in a bookbag outside the school after classes let out.
The sheriff's office said the gun had been stolen from Tangipahoa Parish in a 2011 burglary, and arrested the two students after interviewing witnesses at the school.
Hicks said more arrests could be coming in this case, depending on who was aware of the gun or handled it.
Anyone with information about this incident or similar cases should tell a school administrator, or contact the EBR Sheriff's Office at 225-389-5000. Students can also text tips anonymously to the sheriff's office "CS225" plus their message to CRIMES (274637).