A 15-year-old Alexander High School student has been arrested after a school resource officer found a loaded gun in his backpack Wednesday afternoon.

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said that school officials received information that a student may have a loaded handgun in his possession at about 1:45 Wednesday. School Resource Office Tony Carr isolated the student and a search of his pack pack located a loaded 9 mm handgun.

"It was a situation where students became aware due to some of the things that he was heard saying," Miller said. "We don't know what his intentions were. From our understanding, any danger may have been more to himself than to others. But in a situation like this, and in this case particularly, the procedures that the school system has in place and the procedures we train our people on, worked the way they were supposed to and no one was injured."

Miller said the student was taken into custody and removed from campus. Miller said he has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation. A decision on possible charges has not been made.

School officials were busy working with students, but Douglas County School System Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz praised the students for alerting officials, the school's staff and law enforcement for the way they handled the situation.

"The principal is sending home an automated phone call to parents today about the situation and will be sending home a letter tomorrow," Pritz wrote. "Of course safety and security of our children is always our first concern. We are fortunate to have students who notified authorities, and a dedicated administration and staff, including resource officers, who genuinely care about our young people, which allowed this very unfortunate situation to be handled with no harm to anyone. We are very grateful for that."

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