CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- A 16-year-old student at Capital High School brought a gun and several bullets to school last week, according to police and school officials.
Charleston Police Sgt. Tony Hazelett said the boy brought an unloaded 9 mm handgun and bullets in his backpack on Friday.
Someone tipped school staff and police to check the teen's backpack at about 11:45 a.m., and police later arrested the teen.
The teenager had made no prior threats and was cooperative with police, Hazelett said.
He was charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, which is a felony.
Charleston Police are now trying to find out who owns the handgun.
Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said proper disciplinary action will be taken against the student.
"Any time it's a weapon, we take that pretty seriously, and are probably looking at the maximum penalty here," Duerring said. "Of course once the incident is reported, it's the administration's responsibility to investigate and take the proper disciplinary procedures."