East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked a Glen Oaks High School student on weapons charges after he allegedly pulled a gun on a fellow student during a fight Thursday morning.
According to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks, at about 7:10 a.m., ninth-grade student Neil Harris, 17, 7132 Skylark Ave., pulled a Lorcin .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on 11th-grader De’rrell Haynes, 17, 7618 Percy Ave., after Haynes punched Harris. Harris then fled the school, taking the gun with him.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and placed the school on lockdown.
Deputies found Harris at approximately 8:51 a.m. near his house and he showed them where the unloaded gun was, Hicks said.
Hicks added that during the investigation, Harris provided detailed information about where and in what condition he found that weapon and told the deputies that there was no magazine in the gun.
Harris told deputies that he brought the gun to school because he thought Haynes and his friends would try to fight him, Hicks said. Their fight stemmed from a verbal argument between the two on their way home from school Wednesday afternoon, Hicks said.
Harris was booked on one count each of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property and aggravated assault while Haynes was issued a misdemeanor summons for simple battery.
This is the second incident this school year in which a handgun has been found on school property in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to Hicks and school system spokeswoman Sonya Gordon.
McKinley High School authorities found a loaded .22-caliber handgun on Aug. 21 inside the bookbag of a 16-year-old junior.
School administrators confronted him about suspected drug use and the student ran. When the administrators caught up to him, they found the loaded gun in his bag with a bullet in the chamber. A school drug task force deputy booked the student into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on the charge of carrying a firearm on school property.
According to Hicks, there were six incidents where a gun was found on school grounds in the 2011-12 school year and eight incidents in 2010-11.
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