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Gun found at Rise Up Academy, student taken into custody

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A student at Rise Up Academy has been taken into custody after a gun was found at the school Thursday morning, according to a statement from the South Bend Community School Corporation.

A student notified an administrator that there was a weapon at the school.

An off duty Bristol police officer found the gun in a juvenile's backpack, according to South Bend Police.

The officer recovered the weapon and called 9-1-1.

The 17-year-old student was taken into custody.

Police said they do not know why the student took the gun to school, they are still investigating.

The school district said the student who reported the incident should be commended.

The school district provided the following statement:

This morning, a Rise Up Academy student reported to an administrator that there was a weapon present at school. Following safety protocols, school officials were able to immediately locate a gun and identify the student involved. Law enforcement took the student who brought the gun into custody. The student who reported the weapon is to be commended for their actions.

It is important to note that all school personnel took this matter very seriously and acted in a swift manner. Student safety is of the utmost importance to Rise Up Academy.

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