HPSD student arrested with weapons at elementary school

HPSD student arrested with weapons at elementary school

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg Public School District juvenile student is behind bars and charged with a felony after bringing a gun and knife on school grounds Tuesday.

The student's name, which is not being released due to the fact of it being a juvenile, was booked into the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center Tuesday after the alleged incident at Woodley Elementary.

The student was charged with possession of a weapon by a student, aiding or encouraging, offense 97-37-17, a felony in Mississippi.

"A teacher observed a student with a weapon and immediately contacted the School Resource Officer," said HPSD Public Relation Director Jas N Smith. "The 6th grade student was separated from others and found to be in possession of a B.B. gun and a pocket knife," said Smith.

According to school district officials, the school notified the student's parents and the Forrest County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department advised the school to transport the student to the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.

The student was then transported to the Youth Detention Center by HPSD school resource officer, and taken into custody by detention center personnel.

"Our top priority in HPSD is always the safety of our students and staff," said Smith. "Incidents of this nature are taken very seriously. We are grateful for the swift action of our teacher and School Resource Officer in making sure that the situation was handled safely for all involved," said Smith.

According to Smith, no one was harmed during the incident.

Parents of students at Woodley Elementary were not contacted about the incident because officials felt it was not necessary because the weapon was a B.B. gun.