16yearold student accused of bringing handgun to West Bladen High

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A West Bladen High School student was arrested Wednesday after deputies say he brought a gun to school.Bladen County Schools spokeswoman Valerie Newton said it happened this morning after the school was alerted a car on campus with a possible weapon inside of it.- Advertisement – Law enforcement was contacted by school administration. After obtaining a consent search from the driver of the car, deputies searched the car and found a 9mm handgun in the trunk.Newton said students or staff were never in any danger or threatened in any way. All activities on campus operated on a normal schedule.Sheriff James A. McVicker said School Resource Officer Matthew Long with the Sheriff’s Office received information late Tuesday that a student at West Bladen High School might be bringing a weapon on campus.Related Article: Williams resigns as West Bladen head football coachAs a precaution Deputy Long set up metal detectors to screen faculty, staff and students as they entered the school Wednesday morning. Deputy Long was in the parking lot and saw 16-year-old Gabriel McDowell, of Clarkton, get out of a car and when McDowell saw the extra security and metal detectors he put a backpack he had with him back into the car.Statements from other students confirmed McDowell had possession of the weapon and that he also had it at the school on the previous Friday.McDowell was charged with two counts of Felony Possession of a Firearm on Educational  Property, two counts of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and two counts of Possession of a Handgun by a Minor. McDowell’s bond was set at $85,000 secured.last_img