12-year-old Arrested for Having Gun on School Grounds

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A 12-year-old student in Opelika was placed in juvenile detention Thursday after authorities said he brought a loaded semiautomatic handgun to school.

Opelika Police Captain Alan Elkins said the fifth-grader smuggled the nine millimeter pistol in his backpack and had threatened at least two students.

The boy -- facing expulsion from West Forest Intermediate School
-- was charged with illegal possession of a weapon on a school campus. He was taken to the Lee County Youth Development Center.

According to Elkins, a classmate told school administrators about the weapon.

Investigators are trying to determine who owns the pistol.

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