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Loaded Gun Found At HP Central, Student Arrested

11:43 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- Police arrested a High Point Central High School student after finding a loaded gun in a classroom Friday afternoon, according to Guilford County Schools.

An assistant principal found the loaded 9 mm gun hidden in a classroom around 3 p.m.

A staff member found out about the gun thanks to a tip from a student. The staff member immediately notified administrators, who responded to the classroom, evacuated the students and called the school's resource officer.

The officer then identified and arrested 18-year-old Anthony Rashad Lynch, who was also carrying a knife. Lynch is charged with Possession of a Weapon on Campus, Possession of a Firearm on Educational Property and Going Armed to the Terror of the Public.  

Nora Carr with the school system's media relations department said there was no threat against any of the students. She told News 2 the student reportedly brought the gun for protection following an incident in the community.

Lynch faces felony criminal charges, along with punishments associated with the school system's discipline policy, which could mean up to a 365-day suspension.

Police placed Lynch in the Guilford County-High Point jail under a $101,000 bond.

High Point Central Principal Bob Christina had this to say in an afternoon release:

"The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are deeply grateful that another High Point Central student did the right thing and told a teacher about the gun. As a result, no one was threatened, and no one was hurt."

Christina also sent a phone message to parents, informing them of what happened Friday.

Anyone looking to anonymously report school safety issues should call Campus Crime Stoppers. The Greensboro number is 336-373-1000. In High Point, anyone with concerns can call 889-4000. And any Guilford County students with concerns can text crime tips to 274637.

GCS

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