Gun found on teen at Erwin Middle School
By Nathan Hardin
SALISBURY — A 13-year-old Erwin Middle School student was found with a .380 Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol on campus Monday.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the teen brought the gun to school in his bookbag and had shown the handgun to another student during the day.
The teen who brought the gun to school found the gun was missing shortly after showing it to the other student. He then asked to speak to someone from the school’s administration.
The teen told Assistant Principal Carl Snider about the weapon, the report said. Snider found the gun in the pocket of the teen’s friend.
Snider seized the gun, along with six rounds of ammunition.
Both students were taken to the office for disciplinary action.
The school will recommend a 365-day suspension for both students, deputies said.
The initial student will be charged on a juvenile referral with larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon.
The second student will be charged on a juvenile referral with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the school did not go into lockdown because the weapon was “immediately seized, and there was no longer any danger to anyone.”
Once the parents of the initial student arrived on campus, they told deputies the teen found a hidden lockbox key sometime the night before and used the key to open the box without the knowledge of his parents.
Contact reporter Nathan Hardin at 704-797-4246.