UPDATE: Kevonta Hawkins had his charges certified to the grand jury on June 2, 2023.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An 18-year-old student at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach is facing charges after a loaded handgun was found in his backpack.

In a letter sent to families and staff, Bayside Principal Troy Walton confirmed the incident that occurred Wednesday morning.

According to the letter, school administrators were notified of a “concerning picture” on social media which led to the search of two students. One of the students was found to have a loaded handgun in their backpack.

The gun was determined to be stolen out of the City of Chesapeake.

Kavonta Hawkins, 18, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds and receipt of a stolen firearm.

Principal Walton assured that all students and staff are safe following the incident.

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