A 17-year-old student at Scotlandville High School is in Parish Prison after he was found Monday morning carrying a loaded handgun during a random search just a week after a fellow student fired three shots in a crowded courtyard at the large north Baton Rouge high school.

Quantae Kentrell Gray, 17, was booked into the Parish Prison on counts of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property and violation of a weapon free zone.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Gray, an 11th-grader, was found at about 10:15 a.m. with a black .40 caliber Glock 23 semiautomatic handgun, which had 8 rounds loaded in a 13-round capacity, inside his backpack. 

The School Drug Task Force conducted the search with the help of the Constable Office’s K9 division, Hicks said.

It’s the first random search at the high school, which is located at 9870 Scotland Ave, since the shooting Feb. 6. No one was hurt in the incident.

The Feb. 6 incident and the one Monday are the only cases during the 2016-17 school year where students were caught with guns in their possession at the high school, Hicks said.

Adonica Duggan, a spokeswoman for the school system, said there were two other cases in which guns were found in the possession of students so far this school year, one at McKinley High and one at Woodlawn High.

Louisiana’s Zero Tolerance law specifies that schools are required to recommend expulsion when a student brings a gun to school. The student can appeal that recommendation.

Duggan said random searches occur regularly at middle and high schools.

“We try to do them weekly,” Duggan said. “It depends on availability of the dogs.”

Gray would not give a statement when he was taken into custody Monday.

Hicks asked that any students with information concerning this incident or similar incidents, call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867. Students can also text "CS225" plus their message to CRIMES (274637), she said.

Editor's note: This story was changed Feb. 15, 2016, to correct the number of guns found at McKinley High School so far this school year. There was only one gun found at the school, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

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