MARSHVILLE — A 16-year-old male student was found in possession of a loaded firearm on campus by a School Resource Officer (SRO) on Monday morning at about 8:30, according to a report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

at approximately 8:30 in the morning, an incident involving a 16 year old student found in possession The SRO assigned to the school reports observing what he considered to be two suspicious-looking male students near the football stadium. The deputy suspected the two males could be in possession of illegal narcotics. The UCSO deputy confronted the two students and discovered that one of them had a small amount of a controlled substance. UCSO reports a search of the student’s bookbag resulted in the seizure of a loaded 9mm pistol.

Charges will be pursued via a juvenile petition and the identity, according to the release; the offender’s identity is being withheld due to his age.

There is no evidence that the student brandished the firearm or threatened anyone with the weapon prior it being seized, according to the report. UCSO deputies report having identified the source of the weapon involved in this matter.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this incident, or any other criminal matter, is encouraged to contact the UCSO.

Sheriff Eddie Cathey stated in the report: “I am thankful that our deputy and school staff were able to respond and secure this weapon before anyone could be harmed. Firearms need to be secured in a way that children and teenagers cannot gain access to them without adult supervision.”