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Student arrested after pistol found in truck at school

A loaded 9mm pistol was discovered in the pickup truck of a 16-year-old Thomson High School student on Monday, police say.

The student, whose name was not disclosed, was taken into custody during the noon hour and charged with possession of a firearm on school property, according to Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle of the Thomson Police Department.

Lt. Whittle said the student was transported to Lincolnton on Monday afternoon where he attended a hearing before Toombs Judicial Circuit Juvenile Judge Brett Hammond, who remanded the student to the Regional Youth Development Center in Augusta. A juvenile hearing concerning the criminal charge levied against the student has yet to be scheduled. The student is expected to be confined to RYDC until such a hearing.

School officials were informed about the incident.

The charge against the student was made following a tip that Lt. Whittle said he received about the student being in the possession of a firearm in his vehicle. A subsequent search of his pickup truck revealed the 9mm pistol, as well as a loaded magazine and additional ammunition, Lt. Whittle said.

He refused to say why the student had the weapon in his truck.

"I really can't get into those kinds of details," Lt. Whittle said.

Web posted on Thursday, February 14, 2008

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