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Rapides Parish student arrested after pellet gun found in backpack

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Pellet gun found in backpack (PHOTO: RPSO) Pellet gun found in backpack (PHOTO: RPSO)

A Bolton High School student was arrested Friday for allegedly bringing a gun to school.

School administrators at the school were made aware of a student who allegedly had a pellet pistol in his backpack, according to detectives. When the student entered the school, he was escorted to the office by administrators and the school resource officer where his backpack was searched and the pellet pistol was located. 

Matthias Dampier, 17, of Alexandria, was arrested on a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon on school property and booked into the Rapides  Parish Jail. His bond is set at $1,000.

"In this day and time, we cannot take these reports lightly", said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. "We encourage students and the public to come forward and give us information that will assist law enforcement in helping keep their schools safe." 

An 11-year-old today in St. Mary Parish was arrested after allegedly lying about a having a gun on campus at Raintree Elementary. Click here to read more on the arrest. 

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