HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Glen Allen middle school student is in custody after a gun was found in his backpack on Friday morning.

A representative from Henrico County Public Schools confirmed that a student was taken into custody at Holman Middle School on Friday, Jan. 20 for having a weapon in his backpack.

According to Henrico Police, additional officers called to the school just before 11 a.m. after an officer called for assistance while trying to take a student into custody. An anonymous tip had been submitted alerting the school administration to the student and the weapon. The student was uncooperative and a struggle ensued, prompting the school resource officer to call for backup.

Units with Henrico Division of Fire responded to the scene as well to medically clear the juvenile and officer out of precaution. There were no reported injuries.

The student was brought into custody and police confirmed that a firearm was recovered from the student’s belongings. They were then transported to the Henrico County Juvenile Detention Home on violations of:

  • Possession of a firearm on school property
  • Possession of a concealed firearm
  • Underage possession of a firearm

The school was in a lock and teach after the incident that has since been lifted, according to the school representative.

“The safety of our students, faculty, and first responders are paramount,” said Lt. Matt Pecka with Henrico County Police Division. “We are appreciative of the partnership between the Police Division, HCPS, and our community for understanding the necessary need for responses like today to ensure the safety of all. We further commend those who come forward and report incidents like today to authorities whether in person or through tip lines in place to remain anonymous.”