SOMERVILLE, NJ — Police arrested a Franklin Township High School senior who had been sitting in a class with a loaded 9mm handgun in his backpack, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The 17-year-old was escorted from the class with his backpack and searched the student's backpack after securing a search warrant, according to Robertson.
Robertson said the initial information received by law enforcement revealed that there were no known threats to the students or faculty.
The following account was provided by Robertson:
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office (SCPO) in Somerville was tipped at 11:30 a.m. on February 23 that the male student at Franklin Township High School was believed to be in possession of a loaded firearm while attending classes. SCPO detectives immediately relayed the information to Franklin Township detectives who immediately responded to Franklin Township High School along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force and Major Crimes Unit.
Detectives met with school administrators and immediately began coordinating a joint effort to safely locate the student. The Franklin Township Police Department School Resource Officer accompanied the detectives; they located the student, removed him from the classroom and escorted him, along with his belongings, to a security office in the building.
After the search warrant was obtained, the search, uncovered the loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun inside the back pack.
The juvenile was then transported to the Franklin Township Police Department for processing where he was charged with second degree, unlawful possession of a weapon and second degree, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. The juvenile was lodged at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center pending a detention hearing.
Robertson commended the quick response and dissemination of information between Somerset County law enforcement agencies and the Franklin High School administrators resulting in the quick recovery of the firearm without incident.