Lafayette student arrested after bringing gun to alternative school

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Sept. 17, 2015)– A gun was found in an alternative school student’s backpack on Wednesday in Lafayette.

Another student reported the gun to the school late Tuesday and police were called.

The alternative school is located across the street from Jefferson High School in the Durgan Building. The students are a part of the “AIM Program,” and attend the school for half a day.

When the student arrived at AIM on Wednesday, he was searched. A .22-caliber handgun was found in his backpack. The student was arrested and suspended pending expulsion.

School officials say the student did not have it out or make any threats with the gun.

“As with any other school corporation, we take situations like this very seriously and will do whatever is necessary to provide a safe and secure environment for our students and staff.  While we are disappointed that this occurred, I must point out the one student who had knowledge of a dangerous situation and did the right thing by informing his teacher once he had the knowledge.  By this student doing the right thing, it prevented a wide range of possible negative outcomes,” said Superintendent Les L. Huddle.