A 16-year-old student at Southern Senior High School in Harwood was charged with carrying a sawed-off shotgun after school officials found the weapon in his book bag Wednesday.
The student was charged asa juvenile with possession of a deadly weapon on school property andpossession of a short-barreled shotgun, police said. He was releasedto his parents after the 7:45 a.m. incident, police said.
The boy has been suspended from school pending an investigation, said Huntley Cross, special assistant to the school superintendent.
"Possession of a weapon is one of the most serious actions a child can have in school," he said, adding that he could be expelled.
County police said Assistant Principal David Hill heard reports that the student had a gun in his bag. Hill took the boy to his office and found the weapon in the bag, along with folders and papers.
The guncould not have been fired, police said, because it did not have a firing pin.
The barrel and receiver of the gun, a 20-gauge Harrington and Richardson Topper Jr. Model 490, were separated into two pieces. The serial number on the gun was unreadable.
The student told police that he received the gun a few months ago from a 16-year-old friend who lives in Rosehaven, the police report said. His friend wantedhim to try to repair it.
When he could not fix the gun, his friend told him he could keep it, the police report said.
The 16-year-old told police that he carried the gun in his bag during a visit to his father's home on Feb. 29. He said he never took the gun out of thebag when he went home and forgot it was there when he brought the bag to school, the police report said.
The boy told detectives that when he got the gun, the barrel was about three inches longer and bent, so he sawed it off, the police report said. He admitted to officers that he had obliterated the serial number but would not say why, the police report said.