Police: 16-year-old Franklin High student charged after bringing gun to school


FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — A 16-year-old Franklin High School student faces gun charges after authorities say he brought a gun to school Thursday.

School officials said that Franklin City Police were onsite Thursday investigating, alongside the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police, and the school was locked down to conduct a sweep.

Stephen Cowles with Franklin City Schools confirmed on Thursday that the weapon was found on the student, but couldn’t confirm it was a gun at the time.

The unidentified student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, concealed weapons and possession of a firearm underage 18.

The school eventually went out of lockdown on Thursday and dismissal was normal.

There were no injuries reported and no other details have been released.

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