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Student arrested for bringing pellet gun to Caldwell County school

 A student was arrested after bringing a pellet gun onto Caldwell County school property Wednesday morning, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office.

Jeffrey Gustavo Zaldivar, 17, is accused of bringing the weapon to West Caldwell High School.

The school administration says they received a tip on Tuesday night that a student, later identified as Zaldivar, may have had a weapon in the school parking lot earlier that day.

Police located and searched Zaldivar's vehicle before class on Wednesday to prevent him from entering the school with the weapon. Police say along with the pellet gun, they found a small amount of marijuana in the car.

Zaldivar was arrested and removed from school property. 

“We took pro-active steps to keep any students out of harm's way and to ensure that our students were in a safe learning environment today,” said West Caldwell High School principal Andy Puhl.

“Before the student ever entered the building, he was confronted by law enforcement in the parking lot and taken into custody,” said Puhl. 

Zaldivar is charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school property, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

“I am happy that people came forward with the information and our response prevented a weapon from entering the school. The safety of our children is a top priority of the Sheriff's Office," said sheriff Alan Jones.

Puhl says the school operated on a regular schedule. 

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