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Deputies find handgun in student's backpack

A student at Williston Middle School was taken in to custody this morning after the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office seized a weapon from the students backpack. (Source: Raycom Media) A student at Williston Middle School was taken in to custody this morning after the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office seized a weapon from the students backpack. (Source: Raycom Media)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A student at Williston Middle School was taken into custody this morning after the New Hanover County Sheriff's office seized a weapon from the students backpack.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. Thursday, school resource officers received information that a student had a handgun.

Deputies confronted the student, who handed over the backpack, and discovered a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun.

The student was taken into custody.

”The safety of our children is our number one priority, we are committed to keeping our schools a safe environment," Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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