Coffee County school officials credit students with disrupting what could have been a dangerous incident.
Last week, a 15-year-old freshman at Kinston School reportedly brought a loaded handgun to school.
After showing the weapon in his jacket pocket, official say students went directly to the principal's office.
Principal Mark Coale says the boy was brought into his office and the gun was found in a paper bag.
The youngster is in the custody of the division of youth services.
School Superintendent Dr. Linda Ingram says the student must go through the juvenile court system before she'll make a recommendation to the school board on what disciplinary action should be taken.