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Gun drawn during school fight, lockdown and search follow

A recent confrontation between a 9th grader and an 11th grader at a high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, led to an altercation that resulted in a misdemeanor charge of battery for one student and charges of aggravated assault and illegal carrying of a weapon on school property for the other.

According to reports, the situation began when the two students-both 17 years old-got into an argument on their way home from school. The next day, Glen Oaks High was put on lockdown around 7 a.m. A fight had been reported at that time during which a firearm had been drawn by one of the students involved. Investigators believe that it was the 9th grader that pulled the weapon.

Authorities arrived after the lockdown was put into place but the 9th grader had already fled the scene, according to deputies. They searched for him during the lockdown, which was lifted at 8:15 a.m. Less than an hour later, the teenager was reportedly found near his home and authorities took him into custody.

The 9th grader said that during the argument that occurred a day earlier, he was convinced that the 11th grader and his friends would try to fight him so he reportedly brought the weapon to school the next day. When the 11th grader walked up to the 9th grader, words were exchanged and the former punched the latter. Authorities are unsure when the weapon was allegedly drawn but they believe that it occurred after the first punch was thrown.

The weapon, which the 9th grader tossed after he fled the school, was a .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol. He ran away after pulling it and it was not loaded when the 9th grader showed the location of the weapon to the authorities. No one was hurt during the altercation. The teenager will be placed into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for the charges brought against him while the other teen has been summoned to court for his misdemeanor battery charge.

Source: WAFB, "Deputies arrest student accused of pulling out gun at school," Sept. 27, 2012

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