A Salado Junior High School student was arrested Tuesday afternoon he brought a handgun to school.
Deputies from the Bell County Sheriff's Department were dispatched at 12:25 p.m. after receiving a call from the school that said the 14-year-old boy had been found armed with a gun in his backpack, according to Bell County Sheriff's Office Lt. T.J. Cruz.
The .32-caliber pistol contained seven rounds in the magazine, but no round was chambered, Cruz said.
School officials found and recovered the backpack in the student's locker inside the athletics field house before deputies arrived, according to law enforcement.
Cruz said at least two students, who knew the student had the pistol on campus, reported the weapon to a school administrator.
The student was arrested without incident.
Parents were notified via an email from Salado ISD. According to policy, Salad ISD considers firearm possession on school property by a student to be an extremely serious disciplinary infraction that is treated as a criminal matter, the district explained in the email.
Salado ISD said it was cooperating with the Bell County Sheriff's Department's investigation.