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Student who skipped school found with weapon

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County Public Schools sent a note home Friday alerting parents about an incident involving a gun at school. It happened at Bryan Station High School. A letter went home to Bryan Station parents, and teachers tell WKYT they received an email talking about a student bringing a gun to school. Police say it's the same student they are now questioning in a nearby burglary case.

The school system says that a Bryan Station High School freshman left campus, after being dropped off by a parent, without ever entering the school building.

According to the letter sent home, around lunchtime, an officer with the Lexington Police Department saw the student walking near the North Pointe neighborhood and brought him back to school.

School officials say that as part of a policy involving students who skip school, the student was searched. During that search, officials say they found an unloaded handgun in his backpack.

"There were no bullets, there was no ammunition, the gun was not loaded," explained Bryan Station High School Principal Mike Henderson.

According to the school letter, the student told school officials that he had found the weapon while he was off campus and that it was not related to any events at Bryan Station. Although the student said he had no intention of using the gun, he was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property and taken into custody.

The Lexington Police Department is continuing its investigation.

"We do everything we can to make sure that the school's a safe place. Because that's number one. Academics is number two, believe it or not. Number one would be school safety, that students are free from distraction, bullying, those type of things, that's our number one goal," said Principal Mike Henderson.

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