Woodland Junior High student arrested for bringing loaded gun to school

We just received word that a 15-year-old boy was arrested today after bringing a loaded handgun to Woodland Junior High School.

Police said the boy did not threaten anyone, and there were no injuries.

Here’s the news release:

Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today the arrest of a Woodland Junior High School student for possession of a firearm on campus.

On September 25, 2013, a Fayetteville police officer was working at Woodland Junior High School when he was informed a student was possibly in possession of a firearm on campus. The officer began investigating the report, and he attempted to approach the student. The student fled on foot from the officer leaving the school campus. As the student was fleeing, he discarded his backpack behind World’s Gym (2035 N. College Avenue), and he was apprehended near the business of King Burrito (2175 N. College Avenue) by officers.

Fayetteville police recovered the discarded backpack and discovered a loaded handgun inside the backpack. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined the suspect had not threatened anyone with the weapon and nobody was harmed.

The suspect, a fifteen year old male student, was arrested for Possession of a Handgun by a Minor on School Property and Fleeing. The Fayetteville Police Department is working closely with the Fayetteville Public School to ensure the safety of all students and faculty and to create a safe atmosphere for teaching and learning.