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Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

PONCHATOULA, La. - A 14-year-old Tangipahoa Parish boy is in jail after bringing a loaded gun and knife to his school.

The Ponchatoula Junior High student was found with the weapons after another student reported it just as classes were starting.

Eyewitness News caught up with a parent talking her child out of school Friday afternoon because of the incident.

'I'm shaking right now. I'm panicking,'said Amanda Hughes. 'I asked the nurse what they were going to do about preventing this in the future.'

Police say the boy had a revolver and was arrested for carrying a weapon on school property.

'He did have a loaded weapon,'said Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson. 'It could have been a very dangerous thing. We're just glad we were able to get there and absolve the issue.'

The juvenile told authorities he needed the weapons for protection, but had no intention of using them at his school. Instead, he said he needed them for where he was going after school, to a relative's home outside of Tangipahoa Parish.

'It's an isolated incident,' said Layrisson, 'These unfortunate things happen, but we keep a very close eye on our schools.'

But despite police saying there was no danger and school leaders saying protocols were followed perfectly, one family is still on edge.

Hughes said, 'I don't even want to send her back unless they have metal detectors and something in place to ensure this doesn't happen again.'

Authorities say other arrests are possible in connection with the source of the weapons and the reason for the juvenile's alleged need for protection.

More security will be on campus next week.

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