(from the Mandeville Police Department) – As of this afternoon Mandeville Police Detectives have charged 2 male students; a 13 year old seventh grader and a 14 year old eighth grader with possession of a firearm on school property. After booking the juveniles were transported to the Florida Parishes Ju-venile Detention Center where they will await a pretrial hearing in juvenile court. This matter is obviously still under investigation and detectives are still working to establish motives and intentions.
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Mandeville Police and the administration of Mandeville Junior High decided to put the school on lockdown Wednesday morning after a loaded gun was found on campus.
The gun was on top of a ceiling tile in one of the boys’ bathrooms.
Concerned students notified school officials Wednesday of rumors that a fellow student possibly has a loaded gun.
Mandeville Police took two students into custody for questioning.
“There’s two students, that we know of, that were involved,” said Mandeville Police Lt. Gerald Sticker. “That is the biggest question right now is what was their intent. We want to make sure that there were no specific targets and what those targets were and if there are targets then why. It’s anybody’s guess right now, but that’s something that we’ll be working very diligently to find out.”
Police tell WGNO News that the gun was found on top of a ceiling tile in the boys’ bathroom.
We have a crew on the scene and will update as more information becomes available.