Loaded handgun found in Delaware student’s backpack

 Delaware State Police released this evidence photo of the gun found at Dickinson High.

Delaware State Police released this evidence photo of the gun found at Dickinson High.

A Dickinson High School student faces a series of charges after police found a loaded handgun in his backpack in a classroom.

A school resource officer was tipped off by school officials that the 17-year-old student was carrying the weapon in his backpack. School staff joined the Delaware State Trooper assigned to Dickinson High located the student in a classroom and immediately separated him from his backpack. Inside the bag, police found a fully loaded, Kel-Tec 9mm Luger semiautomatic handgun.

While school staff were securing the gun, the student ran out of the school and into a wooded area. He was located about a half an hour later in the Limestone Acres and brought into custody without incident.

The teen, who was already a convicted felon, is facing charges including carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a weapon in a safe school zone.  

Police say there was no immediate threat or danger to the safety of the students or faculty. They are still investigating circumstances surrounding the incident.

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