MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police said a 16-year-old student at Williamson High School was taken to Strickland Youth Center after authorities said he was found in possession of a handgun on school grounds.
School officials said the .22 caliber gun was loaded.
One Williamson High school student told her grandmother she witnessed the moment the gun hit the floor.
"She told me that the guy's pants were falling down and they told him to pull it up and the gun fell out on the floor,” said Sarah Wesley.
A teacher spotted the gun and school officials said things moved quickly after that.
“A teacher confiscated it. The student was taken to the office and was suspended. He was arrested,” said Mobile County Public School System spokesperson Nancy Pierce.
The student was charged with no pistol permit and altering the identification number of a firearm.
Mobile police told FOX10 the student claimed he found the gun near Government Street and Washington Avenue some time ago and brought it to the school.
We wanted to know, how does a loaded gun get onto campus undetected? There are no metal detectors near the entrances, but school officials said there was one resource officer on campus at the time.
“Resource officers do have the hand metal detectors; but if we used those every day, the kids would never get in school,” said Pierce.
Wesley thinks schools should do more to prevent this from happening again.
"I think they should do more security at the front entrances of schools and maybe the side entrances or maybe have more police you know where you can see them,” Wesley said.
Pierce believes parents should talk to their kids about the consequence this crime carries.
"Parents need to remind their kids, don't take a gun to school. Usually they are going to get caught, and you don't want them to get caught and have to go to jail,” Pierce said.
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