MACON, Ga. -- Westside High School was put on lock down around 2:15 p.m. Thursday when officials got a report about a student who possibly had a weapon.
Campus police reportedly located the 16-year-old male student and found an unloaded gun hidden in gym shorts underneath his pants.
That's according to district official Stephanie Hartley, who said the situation "was determined to be safe" and the lock down was lifted so the school could dismiss students.
Hartley added that a "school messenger" notified Westside High parents about the incident after dismissal.
The student has been charged and was taken to the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center. Officials said the student "will also be dealt with administratively" through the district, but couldn't say how due to privacy laws.
The district released this statement on Thursday:
The safety of our students and staff is one of our top priorities. We will continue to conduct random searches as well as canine-assisted searches at all of our schools throughout the district to ensure the safety of our schools. Thank you for your support and understanding as we work to keep our schools safe.