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Handgun sends High School into lockdown

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Maumelle High School went on lockdown Tuesday morning after a gun was discovered in a classroom.

Capt. Jim Hansard, the public information officer for the police department, said James Zantrese Austin, 18, a senior at the school, was arrested.

Austin was charged with possession of a firearm on a school campus, which is a Class D felony.

Hansard said the department’s detectives are still investigating but, at this time, “we have no reason to suspect that [Austin] intended to harm anyone with this gun.”

Deb Roush, a spokeswoman for Pulaski County Special School District, said the school went on lockdown at 11:15 a.m. and that it was lifted at 1:05 p.m.

“The extended lockdown was for evidence gathering and interviewing students who were witnesses,” Roush said.

She added that the district has a notification policy in place for school incidents, and parents were notified by phone, text message or e-mail.

Hansard said that police were notified at 11:15 and the school was locked down by administration before officers had even responded to the scene.

An on-campus school resource officer had also responded.

Hansard that officers, after talking to students, went to a classroom where they believed the gun to be and it was found on a bookshelf there.

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