Student charged for gun found at York high school

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Police said they’ve charged a 16-year-old student for a handgun they found in William Penn Senior High School.

The gun was found during a search of the high school Thursday.

Police Lt. Troy Bankert told ABC 27 News the gun wasn’t used in any assaults or threats.

District spokeswoman Erin James said school staffers had received a credible report of a gun on school property at around 9:45 a.m.

James said police searched the building while students and staff remained in their rooms. Students were then dismissed early at 12:20 p.m. so officers could do a more thorough search of the building.

Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes would not say where the gun was found or if it was loaded. He said the school uses metal detectors every day.

“We don’t know how the weapon was able to make it’s way into the building,” he said. “We’re going to investigate that and we’re certainly going to get to the bottom of how that happened, and then we will certainly come up with a report. If there are issues we need to fix, we will certainly fix those. However, at this point and time we do not know how it was able to come into the building.”

The student was placed in juvenile detention.

Classes will resume in the morning.

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