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UPDATE 11/5: School officials say the student remains in jail but wouldn't confirm if he has been expelled in school.

NORFOLK -- A Maury High School student was taken into custody after he brought a loaded weapon to school Monday morning, school officials said.

According to Norfolk Public Schools spokeswoman Karen Tanner, a tenth-grade student tried to re-enter the building around 9:30 a.m., which is against school policy and grounds for a search, and was stopped by security.

According to police spokeswoman Karen Parker Chesson, the 17-year-old male student ran to the bathroom inside the school. The security officer pursued the teenager and heard a loud sound. A handgun was recovered inside a trash can near the student.

The student was taken into custody by Norfolk police.

Tanner says the student and the gun were secured within minutes of entering the school.

'At no time was the learning environment disrupted by the morning incident,' Tanner wrote in a press release.

An Edulink phone message was sent to parents and a letter will go home with students for their parents today.

The student is charged with possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a firearm by a minor and carrying a concealed weapon.

He is currently in a Norfolk detention home.


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