PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. -- A 15-year-old Plaquemines Parish student has been arrested for taking a pistol, which was later determined to be a pellet gun, on a school bus, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Wednesday, around 3:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a phone call from a parent about the 15-year-old student of the School Board Learning Center having a handgun, according to the sheriff’s office.
While on the school bus, “a 15-year-old male student bragged to another student that he had a picture of a gun and that he had the weapon in his possession in his school bag. The 15-year-old then showed the witness a photograph of the gun,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.
The boy gave the backpack with the gun inside to his 14-year-old brother, who gave the bag with the gun to a 16-year-old male student, according to the sheriff’s office
“The witness then asked the 16-year-old if a picture could be taken of him holding the gun, which he agreed to. After taking the photograph with a cellular telephone, the witness did not see the weapon anymore. The witness related that he/she was frightened and was afraid that the 16-year-old may shoot him/her or other students on the bus with the pistol,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.
Detectives met with the 15-year-old and his grandmother recovered pistol, a Crossman .177 caliber pellet gun that was a .357 magnum revolver, according to the sheriff’s office.
The 15-year-old was arrested for carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student on school property in a firearm-free zone.