Rocky Mount High student charged day after loaded gun inside backpack

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Gun found in student's backpack at Rocky Mount High School
A student was removed from Rocky Mount High School Wednesday morning after a gun was found in a backpack.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- A student is facing charges the day after being removed from the Rocky Mount High School campus when a gun was found inside a backpack.

Charges in the filed juvenile petition include bringing a weapon on educational property, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a handgun by a minor.

According to the Rocky Mount Police Department, officers responded to the school at 7:01 a.m. Wednesday on a weapons violation call. This was after the school's Evolv security system alerted staff to a possible weapon.

School officials said the student was isolated to a different area and after further inspection, a loaded gun was found in the person's backpack. The School Resource Officer (SRO) was called and the student was removed from the school.

The juvenile is being held at the Wake County Juvenile Detention Center.

The school released this statement about the incident: Safety remains our top priority at NCPS. The student involved will face disciplinary measures following NCPS' code of conduct. We urge all students to "See something, Say something" and report concerns to a teacher or trusted adult. We are committed to keeping our community informed as the investigation continues. We would like to thank the Rocky Mount Police Department for their swift actions during this incident.

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