HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - October 9th was a seemingly normal day at Harrison Central High School, until staff members were alerted of a potentially dangerous threat.
"One of the students at Harrison Central High School showed one of the assistant principals a text that he had received that said there was a student on campus that had a weapon," said Harrison County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mitchell King.
According to Sgt. Glen Powell with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, the school's resource officer went into the classroom where the gun was said to have been, and they retrieved it from a backpack.
"This student did have a mesh backpack, but with all the books and all the paperwork in there it was well concealed. It was a black book bag and a black gun," said Sgt. Powell.
Sgt. Powell said the weapon found was a 38 special revolver. It was not loaded and they did not find any ammunition. So, why did the student have the gun?
"He said that with all the recent shootings in all the news media, he said he wanted to carry it in case there was a shooting at school. He said he wanted to protect himself and those around him," said Sgt. Powell.
But still there is a zero tolerance policy in place for bringing weapons on campus.
"Back when I was a high school principal, students brought knives to school, but now it's a weapon and it has to be dealt with immediately and it has to be dealt with in a severe type manner," said Mitchell King.
King says they do everything they can to protect students, faculty, and staff, but they are very appreciative of the student who spoke up about the weapon.
"If you hear of anything or you hear someone threaten someone else under any circumstances let an adult know," said King.
Both school board leaders and law enforcement want to encourage students to always tell an adult when they feel unsafe, threatened, or bullied.