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Jan 14, 2013 7:03 PM by AP

BR police find loaded gun in student's backpack

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 13-year-old student is in custody after a police officer found a loaded gun inside the student's backpack.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says a School Drug Task Force officer assigned to the child's school found the .380-caliber handgun in the sixth-grader's back sack about 12:40 p.m. Monday. Capitol Middle School officials were investigating a verbal fight between two students when they found the gun, which was reported stolen.

The Advocate reports the student faces charges of carrying a firearm by a student on school property and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

The School Drug Task Force is a multi-agency unit made up of East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department deputies and Baton Rouge police officers.

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