BROAD CREEK — Officials are conducting an investigation after recovering a handgun from a 13-year-old student Thursday at Broad Creek Middle School.

According to a release from the County Sheriff’s Office, deputies seized a 9 mm Ruger handgun from a student just before the school’s 2:50 release bell rang.

Detective Lt. Michael Panzarella, the full-time liaison between the school system and the sheriff’s office, reported authorities acted on an anonymous tip given to school officials, according to the release.

The student, an eighth-grader, was located in a computer lab class and had the handgun in a gym bag in their possession.

Officials said the gun did not have a round in the chamber, although a full, seven-round magazine was seated in the weapon.

No threats associated with the weapon were made toward staff or students, according to the sheriff’s office. Officials are investigating how the student came into possession of the handgun.

The 13-year-old faces charges of bringing a weapon on a school campus. Juvenile petitions will be filed with the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. 

No further information is immediately available.

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