The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Highland Springs High School was placed on lockdown Friday after the gun was found. The student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property.
The gun was confiscated by police. In a letter to parents, school officials wrote that the weapon “was never brandished or used in a threatening manner.” They said they found the weapon after a tip from someone inside the school.
School administrators said students were held in class while police investigated, but instruction continued and students were dismissed at the regular time.