Police find gun in backpack at Shelby school

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Students acting suspiciously caught the attention of a Shelby County school resource officer, who then found a gun in a student's backpack.

A statement by the sheriff's office said the incident occurred just after lunch on Thursday in the Southwind High School cafeteria.

The officer asked a 16-year-old boy to empty his backpack and the student tried to run, but was caught. A search of the backpack revealed a 40-caliber pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition.

The student was charged with carrying a weapon on school property and was taken to the Juvenile Detention Facility.

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


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