LAKE CHARLES, La – A Calcasieu Parish school student was arrested on Tuesday for bringing a loaded gun to school.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to LaGrange High School in regard to a student bringing a gun to school in his backpack, according to Kim Myers, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
CPSO safe school officers observed a disturbance during lunch period between a group of students. When the deputies approached the students they began to disperse at which time one of the students, a 17-year-old male, walked by a deputy and he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the student, Myers stated. When the deputy detained the student he attempted to hand off a backpack to another student, at which time the deputy observed a handgun in an open section of the backpack.
The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun along with alleged marijuana was found inside.
The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center on charges of illegal possession of a firearm on school campus; possession of marijuana; possession of CDS in drug-free zone; illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile; and possession of a firearm in presence of narcotics.
CPSO Deputy Dewayne Simmons was the arresting deputy and Detective Brittany Jones is the lead investigator on this case.