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Pinson Valley Student Arrested With Loaded Gun

Just another reason why I homeschool....  This seems to be an increasingly common occurrence across the country.

Article found at Al.com:  Feb. 3, 2012 PINSON, Alabama - A Pinson Valley High School student was arrested after school officials found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his backpack, authorities said today.

Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian gave this account: the 15-year-old student on Friday forgot his book bag when changing classes and another student turned it in to the school office. When the student came to the office looking for his bag, he appeared highly anxious and nervous.

School administrators searched the book bag and found the loaded gun inside. The student claimed the bag as his own, however he denied any knowledge of the gun.

Deputies called to investigate learned the student had been seen with the gun by others.

The student was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license and taken to the Jefferson County Youth Detention Facility.

"Our young people are in school to get an education, grow socially and mature into a productive member of society. There is certainly no valid reason to be armed," Christian said. " It's just a ridiculous choice to make, even for a 15-year-old. Ridiculous."