Police arrested a 13-year-old student at Walter J. Katnich Community Day School in south Lodi for possessing a gun on campus Tuesday morning, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.
Probation officers arrived at the school around 9:40 a.m. to randomly check the student, who is on probation for armed robbery. When officers searched the student, they said they discovered a .22-caliber revolver in his waistband and four unexpended shells in one of his pants pockets, according to Deputy Les Garcia, spokesman for the San Joaquin County Sheriff.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the school at 13451 Extension Road, located near Lower Sacramento Road and transported the teen to Juvenile Hall on suspicion of possession a firearm in a school zone.
“It was an unfortunate incident,” said Ralph Womack, board president for the Lodi Unified School District. “Any time any weapons are on campus is a concern. Fortunately, there was no incident.”
Katnich is a school designed for students in seventh through 12th grade who have been expelled from another Lodi Unified campus, according to the district’s website.
News-Sentinel staff writer Ross Farrow contributed to this report.
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