ST. FRANCISVILLE — A 13-year-old West Feliciana Middle School student accused of having an unloaded gun in his school bag Wednesday during an extracurricular activity was detained Thursday afternoon, West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel said.
School officials found the weapon and immediately reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.
The boy was taken to the Assumption Parish Juvenile Detention Center on Thursday afternoon after state District Judge George Ware signed an order of detention for the boy charging him with illegal carrying of a weapon on school property, District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla said.
D’Aquilla said the boy will have to stay in the detention facility until Monday when he will be taken back to court in St. Francisville for a hearing in front of Judge William Carmichael.
D’Aquilla and Daniel said they arranged to have a hearing for the boy Thursday morning but he couldn’t be found until later in the day.
Daniel said even though the gun was not loaded and no ammunition was found, the charge is a serious one.
“I don’t think there was any intent to kill anybody, but we always take it very seriously when a student brings a gun to school, Daniel said.
Both Daniel and D’Aquilla said they rarely have problems in West Feliciana Parish with students bringing weapons to school. Daniel said the last time he can remember a similar case was more than a decade ago.
According to a news release from the school system, the student “will not return to campus at this time and will face appropriate disciplinary action.”