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Published 1:32pm Saturday, November 2, 2013

Two Wetumpka High students were arrested Tuesday morning after guns were discovered in their possession on the school campus, according to Wetumpka Deputy Police Chief Anthony Crenshaw.

A 17-year-old male student was found in possession of a .25 automatic handgun according to a Wetumpka police report.

A 16-year-old male student was found in possession of a BB pistol, according to Crenshaw.

“From what we understand, one of them said they had a gun and then another said they had a gun and they were both seen by students and were later reported,” Crenshaw said.

The 17-year-old was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol.

He was transported to the youth detention facility in Montgomery.

The 16-year-old was also arrested and charged, and later turned over to his parents.

“Neither one of the students were found to be up to any overt acts of violence to any other student or person on campus,” Crenshaw said.

Elmore County Schools spokeswoman Judy Caton said that the standard operating procedure for any student caught on campus with a firearm is recommendation for expulsion.

“The student in the possession of firearms is recommended for expulsion from school for a period of not less than one year and referred to the justice system or the juvenile delinquency system,” she said.

This marked the first time in two years firearms were reported on a school campus in the Elmore County School System, Caton said.

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