South Bend student arrested, accused of bringing loaded gun to Washington High

SOUTH BEND ― A juvenile involved in a fight at Washington High School Thursday was arrested after police searched the student's backpack and found a loaded gun, according to the South Bend Police Department.

An SBPD School Resource Officer responded to a fight between two students at the school just after noon Thursday. School staffers took one student's backpack and turned it over to the SRO, who found a "loaded firearm" inside, according to a statement.

The student was arrested and taken to the St. Joseph County Jail. Because the juvenile had a prior weapons offense, police took them to the jail instead of the Juvenile Justice Center, the statement says.

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Indiana law prohibits the possession of firearms, ammunition and certain dangerous weapons on school property. Exceptions exist for school resource officers and other law enforcement officials, as well as guns that are locked or hidden in vehicles, among others. No one was injured, police say.

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