Gun found in hallway of Washington High School

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Washington High School was locked down for about an hour this afternoon after a 17-year-old student -- who has since been taken into custody -- brought a gun to school, police said.

Another student saw an altercation in a hallway between two students, according to a statement on the district website. That student saw the teen drop a gun in a hallway about 2:40 p.m. and reported it to a teacher and the school resource officer, Washington police Chief Chris Luppino said. The school was immediately locked down, the district said.

After reviewing surveillance video and interviewing students, the teen was identified, he said. The gun was also recovered.

Chief Luppino said, "The school couldn't have done any better." Students were released from school at 4 p.m., according to the district.

The student, an eighth grader, was released to juvenile probation and will be charged with disorderly conduct, risking or causing a catastrophe and a firearms violation, the police chief said.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

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