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Notes: 14-year-old charged with possession of a firearm in Alexandria City High School incident

Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

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A 14-year-old Alexandria City High School (ACHS) student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property after an incident yesterday that caused the school to go into “secure the building” status.

In a message to parents, ACHS Principal Peter Balas said a teacher confiscated an unloaded handgun from the student around 9:15 a.m. The build was placed into “secure the building” status — meaning operations continue inside the school but no one can enter or leave — while the school worked with the Alexandria Police Department (APD).

The Washington Post reported later that the student was charged with possession of a firearm on school property.

A recent report found that last year, there were 28 incidents involving weapons in Alexandria City Public Schools, with weapons seized including a gun, a stun gun, knives, two fake weapons and pepper spray. The School Board recently approved a pilot to install metal detectors in some of the schools.

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