Random school search yields gun, crack

March 26, 2009 8:51:50 AM PDT
Officers arrested a Hillside High School student Thursday after a random search.Authorities say they found a .9 mm pistol and crack cocaine in his jacket. Javonnte Patterson, 16, allegedly admitted to deputies he was a gang member.

In addition to finding the gun and drugs, authorities allegedly found a magazine clip with six rounds in his possession.

Authorities say they became suspicious of Patterson when he tried to avoid going through a metal detector.

He's charged with several crimes, including gun possession and assault on a government official for allegedly pushing an assistant principal.