Teenager Charged with Assault, Possession of Firearm

A Neshoba County teenager is facing numerous charges after allegedly taking a gun onto school property.

Administrators stress that the 17-year-old accused of having the gun on campus is not a student at the school. They say they only discovered that he had allegedly brought a gun on the campus after he illegally rode a school bus to the campus Wednesday morning.

"This individual posed as a student, with the aid of one of our students," said superintendent Tommy Dearing. "He boarded the bus, rode to the campus and upon arriving was involved in a fight with a student."

"During the initial interview with the student, the individual broke and ran, which resulted in a foot chase," said Sheriff Tommy Waddell. "After the investigation began it was found in a video on a cellphone that possibly he had a firearm on the school's campus the day prior to the incident."

The 17-year-old suspect is now facing at least 8 criminal charges. They range from possession of a firearm and ammunition on school property to assault of a principal, teacher and student. His case being handled in youth court. With the investigation ongoing, Sheriff Waddell says the suspect could face even more charges.

Meanwhile, school officials are taking action against students who were involved with the situation.

"Those involved with the fight, appropriate actions have been taken against them," said Dearing.

The case is being handled in youth court, so the 17-year-old's name is not being released.

The teen faces charges of: assault on the principal, assault on a student, possession of a firearm on school property, possession of ammunition on school property, trespassing, resisting arrest, and interfering with the operation of a school bus.