Authorities arrested two Crestworth Middle School students Monday after one of them brought an unloaded handgun to the Scotlandville school to show off the weapon, the School Drug Task Force said.
The multiagency School Drug Task Force responded to the charter school about 12:30 p.m. after a student told school officials about the gun, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a task force spokeswoman.
Investigators soon found an unloaded 9 mm handgun inside the backpack of a 14-year-old eighth-grader, Hicks said.
However, the gun didn’t belong to that student, authorities said. Another 14-year-old eighth-grade student is accused of bringing the gun to school and then giving his backpack with the gun inside it to the other teenager, Hicks said.
Craig Knotts, an executive of Celerity, the company that operates Crestworth and some other Baton Rouge area charter schools, said no threats were made against students or staff involving the unloaded gun.
“Our No. 1 goal is to make sure students and everyone else feel safe on campus,” Knotts said. “And that’s what we did today, and that’s what we will continue to do.”
Knotts said it wasn’t long after officials received the tip about the gun that the weapon was located and the two students were arrested.
Both teenagers were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on counts of illegally carrying a firearm on a school campus.
Investigators asked anyone with information about this incident to either notify a school administrator, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-7867. Students also can text “CS225” plus their message to CRIMES (274637).