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Student charged in school gun possession

A sophomore at Bryan Station High School was arrested Monday and charged with bringing a handgun onto school property.

School officials got a tip before school started the 17-year-old was planning to bring a handgun to school, according to a news release from the Fayette County Public Schools.

The student's family also was notified via an anonymous telephone call, and one of the boy's parents intercepted him as he got off the school bus and took him home; he did not go inside the school with the weapon, which was loaded, said Fayette County schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall.

The boy's parent and school officials had called police, who went to the boy's home and arrested him, Deffendall said.

Lexington police said the boy, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school grounds and being a minor in possession of a firearm.

In addition to the charges against him, the boy faces "serious administrative consequences through the school district," the school system's release states.

Families of Bryan Station students received letters Monday afternoon informing them of the situation.

Deffendall said the school system is investigating but has not found evidence that the boy was the victim of aggression or bullying by other students.

The school system said in the release that the situation is a good example of the importance of keeping the lines of communication open, since "students reported what they had heard to the adults who can take action to ensure their safety."