A Riverside High School student was arrested Tuesday morning after he was found to be carrying a gun on school grounds, according to Durham Public Schools officials.
Ta’le Jefferson, 16, was arrested by a school resource officer. Jefferson also had five small baggies of “green vegetable matter” believed to be marijuana, deputies said.
Investigators said a school resource officer assigned to Riverside learned a student might have drugs on campus. The deputy found an unloaded .25-caliber pistol while searching Jefferson.
“The school resource officer received information about a rumor that a student might have a weapon on campus,” said DPS spokesman Chip Sudderth. “The SRO investigated and found an unloaded weapon and confiscated it without incident.”
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Jefferson was charged with marijuana possession, carrying a concealed gun, possessing a gun on education property and possession of a handgun by a minor, according to a news release. He was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Durham County jail where he posted a $3,000 secured bond.
Possession of a gun on school grounds carries a 365-day suspension in North Carolina.