A stolen handgun was discovered Tuesday morning in a student’s bookbag at Mary Persons High School in Monroe County.
The gun was not loaded, but a magazine loaded with bullets was recovered in a separate compartment in the bookbag, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office news release said.
The 10th-grade student has been taken into custody and turned over to the Monroe County Department of Juvenile Justice.
The gun was found during a random drug search by the sheriff’s office in cooperation with the high school. Seventeen police dogs from multiple agencies, including the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, were used in the search.
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One of the dogs alerted to the bookbag, which resulted in the gun being seized and the student arrested.