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Gun found at DeKalb high school; student arrested

A DeKalb County student was arrested Tuesday after a gun was found in his backpack at Miller Grove High, district officials confirmed.

The weapon was found after a teacher searched the pack because it was a type not allowed in classrooms, according to the school system. The district wouldn’t say what kind of gun it was.

The 18-year-old student’s identity hasn’t been released. Police are investigating why he allegedly had the firearm at the Lithonia school.

Because of the ongoing investigation, a district representative declined to release further information that was was included in a letter sent to parents Tuesday.

The letter said “all elements of the Code of Student Conduct and District policy have been followed.”

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“Please,” Principal M. L. Priester wrote, “encourage your children to report any suspicious activity to you and the school.”

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The suspects remain in the DeKalb County jail.

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