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Halifax County sixth-graders had gun in school

Posted March 2, 2010 5:51 p.m. EST
Updated March 2, 2010 6:56 p.m. EST

— Halifax County sheriff’s deputies took two sixth-grade boys into custody Friday after the pair confessed to having a gun at William R. Davie Middle School.

The first boy told them he brought a gun to school, gave it to a second boy to keep in his locker, then took it home at the end of the day, authorities said.

A guardian of the first boy raised the alarm by calling law enforcement and school authorities on Thursday to say he suspected the boy had taken the gun to school. Several students also said they saw the gun.

“We are very, very relieved that no one was threatened or injured,” Elease Frederick, superintendent for Halifax County Schools, said in a statement.

“We are also relieved that students who had seen the gun came forward to tell school officials. It proves that the vast majority of our students will do the right thing when confronted with wrongdoing.”

The .22-caliber revolver was not loaded. No one was injured or threatened.