Teenager carrying pistol near Saks schools placed in custody

Teen brings gun on school grounds at Saks, arrested

CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade says a 15-year-old caught with a gun on the campus of Saks High School Friday, resulted in three schools being placed on lockdown.

Wade says investigators have not determined whether the teen meant any harm toward anyone at the school.

The teenager, who Wade says was not a student at Saks, was seen in the parking lot of Saks High School with a gun, and an anonymous person called police.

All three public schools in Saks, which are adjacent to each other, were temporarily placed on lockdown.

Anniston police, the school resource officer and more Calhoun County deputies quickly arrived on the scene and took the juvenile into custody. They also confiscated the pistol.

Saks High, Middle and Elementary Schools are all part of the Calhoun County School system, and use county deputies as school resource officers. However, the Saks community is part of the Anniston police jurisdiction, hence their involvement in the case.

Sheriff Wade says the teen was on his way to the residence of a female.

“We can’t show that there was any ill will towards the school. He had no motivation for any particular person at Saks. But in today’s climate, you just never know. A fifteen-year-old going around with a gun is just not a good thing in the first place,” Wade told reporters.

Wade says it’s up to the district attorney to decide whether the teen will be tried in Calhoun County Juvenile Court. Wade says he made be charged with an offense not related to the school incident.

Update: The Board of Education has notified us that we used the wrong term. The schools were not on lockdown, but they...

Posted by Calhoun County Sheriff's Office on Friday, January 17, 2020

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