Unloaded gun seized at Tupelo Middle School

TUPELO – Two separate incidents involving guns occurred in Tupelo schools on Wednesday.
Early in the morning, a student at Tupelo Middle School was suspended after school administrators found an unloaded handgun in the student’s backpack.
Later in the day, Rankin Elementary School was temporarily placed under a lockdown when someone in the neighborhood near the school was found with a BB gun. No one was hurt in either incident.
The handgun at Tupelo Middle School was not displayed or seen by any other student on campus, and no student’s safety was directly threatened, according to a statement released by Superintendent Randy Shaver. The handgun was discovered around 8:15 a.m.
In accordance with district policy, the student was immediately suspended and turned over to law enforcement authorities.
The Rankin lockdown occurred at 1:42 p.m., after school officials were notified of suspicious activity in the neighborhood, according to another statement released by Shaver.
A school lockdown requires all students to remain inside the building in their classrooms and all exterior doors to be locked and secured.
After about 20 minutes, law enforcement officers notified school district officials that the situation no longer posed a threat, and the school returned to its normal schedule.
A suspect was apprehended with a BB gun, according to the district’s release. No information was released on the suspect’s identity.
Parents at each school were notified of the incidents by phone through the district’s new notification system.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or at chris.kieffer@djournal.com.

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