SLIDELL – Two Slidell Junior High students were arrested after a loaded gun was brought to the school, shown to other students and even pointed at one student Friday, according to the Slidell Police Department.
The Police Department learned through a tip that a 12-year-old student brought the gun to the school. Police said 12 witnesses, all students of the school, physically saw the gun or had knowledge of the gun on Friday. One of the students told investigators that the 12-year-old pulled the gun out, pointed it at the student and pulled the slide back on it until it made a “click” sound.
The 12-year-old showed the gun to several students throughout the day, none of whom notified school officials or the school resource officer, police say.
According to the police, the 12-year-old also threatened some of the students through social media.
Investigators later learned that a 14-year-old student initially brought the gun to school. At some point, the 12-year-old student took the gun from the teen. Both students were arrested on Monday and booked into the Florida Parishes Detention Center.
The 14-year-old was booked on charges of illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and illegal carrying of a weapon on school property. The 12-year-old was booked on charges of terrorizing, aggravated assault with a firearm, cyberstalking, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and obstruction or interference with students of a n educational institution.
Police say how the teens got possession of the gun is still being investigated.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said he was glad no one was hurt but said it is "disturbing" that no one reported the gun sooner.
"We are hoping this sparks a conversation between parents and their children about the importance of reporting serious incidents," Fandal said in a prepared statement. "If you see something, say something."
St. Tammany Parish School Superintendent Trey Folse said any tip is taken seriously.
"As soon as the School System received the Crimestoppers tip, administrators contacted the Slidell Police Department, and assisted with the investigation in every way possible," he said.