Deputies: Gun sale attempt between students forced lockdown at NC high school

Courtesy: Rich Cisney/WXII

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — A student will be charged with juvenile petitions following an incident that led to a school lockdown Wednesday, Guilford County deputies said.

The incident was reported just before 11 a.m. at Ragsdale High School. The all-clear was given two hours later, and no one was injured.

The juvenile will be charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and disorderly conduct, deputies said.

Deputies said they responded to the scene on a report that a student was trying to sell a handgun at the school. The school resource officer also received reports that a student showed a handgun to other students in the cafeteria before leaving campus, deputies said.

Five other nearby schools were locked down during a law enforcement search. The juvenile was found a short time later on Ragsdale’s campus, and a .380 pistol was found in woods near the school, deputies said.

The gun had a loaded magazine but no round in the chamber, deputies said.

While heading to Ragsdale, deputies said they received a report of possible gunfire somewhere near the school. However, deputies believe the noise may have been fireworks that were off school grounds.

The other locked-down schools included Jamestown Elementary School, Jamestown Middle School, Millis Road Elementary School, the Christine Joyner Greene Education Center and the Haynes-Inman Education Center.

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