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Elementary student arrested with weapon on campus

St. Mary Parish School board
Posted at 12:50 PM, May 11, 2022

A student at Foster Elementary School was arrested this morning after school officials discovered that a weapon was brought onto the school’s campus, officials say.

Franklin Police say the student is 11 and was arrested and booked with illegal carrying of a weapon, illegal possession of a weapon by a juvenile and disturbing the peace by alarming the public.

Police say they found the gun in the child's waistband.

"School officials acted promptly to isolate the student and maintain the safety of all students and staff during the discovery and investigation process," a release from the school system states. "Local law enforcement and the St. Mary Parish School Board’s School Resource Officer assisted in investigating the incident and verified the authenticity of the weapon in the student’s possession."

Parents were notified using the school system's JCampus software, the release states.