Unloaded gun confiscated at Fargo high school

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - An unloaded handgun was confiscated at a Fargo high school on Friday, according to school officials.

A teacher at North High School first suspected a student was under the influence of marijuana.

The teacher contacted the counselor who then connected with the administration to search the student.

No marijuana or other narcotics were found, yet a .380 caliber handgun was found on the student and confiscated by the administration, according to Fargo Public Schools.

The handgun was not loaded and at no time was there a threat of violence at the school.

Below is a copy of the full statement:

On Friday, September 13, a teacher at North High School suspected a student of being under the influence of marijuana. The teacher contacted the counselor who then connected with the administration. North High School administration accompanied the student to the school office and conducted a student search.

During the search, no marijuana or other narcotics were found; however, a .380 caliber handgun was found on the student and was confiscated by administration. The handgun was not loaded, and there was no ammunition found on the student or in the student’s locker. At no time prior to, or during, the investigation were threats of violence made by the student. The School Resource Officer was immediately brought into the investigation and secured the handgun. The handgun is now in the possession of the police department and not at the school. The student’s parent was contacted and met at the school with administration and Fargo North’s School Resource Officer.

School administration and Fargo Police are continuing to investigate to determine if there were any other students involved. School administration followed Administrative Policy 6320 and have indefinitely suspended a student.

A student was taken into custody by law enforcement. There is no connection between the incident today at North High School and the threat written on a student desk on September 4. Administration has worked collaboratively with the School Resource Officer and the Fargo Police Department regarding this incident today.