NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police arrested one student near McDonogh 35 High School after school security officer found one student in possession of a firearm.
The incident happened off campus. However, the school recently implemented a process to search for students loitering off-campus and in the surrounding neighborhood when late for school in the morning.
"The students were detained and searched by OPSB security officers, and one student was found to be in possession of a firearm," said Orleans Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. "The officers immediately notified the New Orleans Police Department."
The NOPD said Horace Anderson, 17, had a handgun in his backpack. Police do not think there was a direct threat mentioned to any students.
The school and Anderson are fully cooperating with the NOPD investigation.
Anderson could be expelled for up to two semesters, which will be determined at a student hearing. He is charged with carrying a firearm on school property.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
"I want to assure students, parents, and families of our students, along with our teachers and administrators, that we are committed to ensuring the safety and best interests for our students, faculty and staff in Orleans Parish Public Schools," Lewis said.