UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Deputies say a 12-year-old student at East Union Middle School brought two guns to school and gave them to other 12-year-old students at the school.
Detectives determined that the 12-year-old brought two loaded handguns to school Wednesday and traded a .380 handgun to one student in exchange for a set of metallic knuckles.
The loaded .380 caliber was found after school administrators received a tip that the student was seen displaying the handgun in front of other students, according to a release from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
One of the students was taken into custody Wednesday for possessing the gun on school property. According to the release, there is no evidence that the student threatened any students with the firearm.
After the first student was taken into custody, the other 12-year-old allegedly gave the second handgun, a loaded 9mm, to another student to hold.
Detectives recovered the 9mm handgun from that student’s residence Thursday.
The student who initially brought the guns to school faces two felony counts of possession of a firearm on educational property, two counts of possession of a firearm as a minor and one count of possession of a weapon on educational property for the metallic knuckles.
A secure custody order was issued for that student and he will remain in a juvenile confinement facility pending a custody hearing.
The third student was charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm on educational property and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm as a minor.
All three of the students involved were 12 years of age.
“We are very thankful for the students at East Union who had information about this very serious matter and they did the right thing by saying something. Our School Resource Officer (SRO), working with the East Union school officials, acted quickly to seize the guns and remove the students from school. We are very serious about the safety of our students and school personnel,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey stated,
Citizens with information concerning criminal activity are encouraged to call Union County Sheriff’s Office at 704-283-3789 or Union County Crimestoppers at 704-283-5600.