PORT BARRE, La. (KLFY)– A 13-year-old has been charged with possession of a firearm on a school campus and possession of a firearm with obliterated serial numbers after bringing the weapon to school, authorities said.
Port Barre officers said they met with the school principal, Timothy Villmerette, who had the 13-year-old male student in his office.
Villmerette told the police that several students had witnessed the 7th grader with the pistol and that he had shown it to other students. A couple of students notified a teacher who in turn notified the principal.
According to a news release, the principal searched the student’s backpack and located a .25 caliber, semi-automatic pistol with four .25 caliber live ammunition cartridges in the magazine.
“We have no indications the student brought the firearm to the school to harm anyone but more likely just to brag that he had one.” stated Cheif Deon Boudreaux, “However, a 13-year-old carrying a pistol at a school can be very dangerous and certainly not to be tolerated. We are currently investigating to find out where and how this young man was able to get his hands on this pistol.”
When questioned, the student told police he found the firearm on the school campus but could not tell police where and when he found it, stated a news release.
According to police, statements from other students indicate the 13-year-old brought the firearm to school.
Boudreaux said the student was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on a school campus and possession of a firearm with obliterated serial numbers. School administration advised that the student will be expelled.