NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Authorities found hollow-point ammunition on a student who brought a gun to a Craven County middle school, a police report stated.
According to the police report, officers seized seven rounds of ammunition from the 13-year-old boy who carried a gun to H.J. MacDonald Middle School in New Bern Friday. The student's gun, however, was not loaded, police said.
A school resource officer confiscated the weapon from the student Friday morning, close to the half day's dismissal time, a school spokesperson said. The officer was able to take the weapon within minutes after receiving the tip, the spokesperson added. No injuries were reported.
There was no word on why the unidentified student allegedly brought the gun to school. But that student will be suspended from school for 365 per the state law, said the school spokesperson. In addition, the student has been served a juvenile petition, equivalent to an adult being charged. The student has also been taken to a juvenile detention center, according to police.
The principal called parents about the incident on Monday because administrators wanted to provide accurate information without jeopardizing the investigation, police said.
"I never dreamed that a child would take a gun to school," said Debra Simmons, whose sixth-grade son attends the school.
There will be additional police presence at the school for the next week as a precaution.
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