Loaded gun found in Pittsburgh school backpack

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Public Schools officials found a loaded handgun in the backpack of a student now being held in a juvenile detention center.

Officials say the gun was being found as students were dismissed at Clayton Academy, a school for disruptive and underachieving students operated for the district by Nashville-based Community Education Partners.

District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh says the 17-year-old boy told police the gun was not his and he did not know it was in the backpack. Police still intended to charge him with possessing the gun, which allegedly had altered serial numbers.

The school released a statement saying the student didn't have access to the gun. That's because students surrender their belongings when they arrive at school. A staff member found the gun before the backpack was returned to the boy at day's end.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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