Mt. Hermon student, 17, charged with gun on school grounds

Zackary Hyatt (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)
Zackary Hyatt (Source: Washington Parish Sheriff's Office)

WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A 17-year-old Mt. Hermon student has been arrested for allegedly bringing a gun to school.

Zackary Hyatt, 17, was arrested on Monday morning after a revolver was found in his car parked on campus. Officers say that the revolver was found with an obliterated serial number.

Deputies state that the sheriff's office and school officials have been on alert for the past few days following an alleged threat of a possible shooter at the school.

Hyatt allegedly told authorities that he purchased the pistol several months ago as protection after having been robbed by a former student. He states that he had no intention of removing the pistol from his car. Police say that the pistol will be submitted to the crime lab for analysis and detectives are working to locate the person who allegedly sold the pistol to Hyatt.

"Based on information we have at this time, we do not believe this incident is related to the previous rumor last week of a possible shooter at the Mt. Hermon School," Chief Deputy Mile Haley stated in a press release. "This appears to be a case of very bad judgment on behalf of Mr. Hyatt.  We do, however, consider this to be a very serious matter and are glad this pistol is now off of the street and secure in our evidence locker. I commend our detectives for a job well done."

Hyatt was placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of a firearm at school and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. No bond has been set at this time.

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