FAIRMONT — A Robeson County 17-year-old has been charged with bringing a gun to Fairmont High School, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
The .380 handgun was discovered Monday afternoon after a student reported to Assistant Principal Christopher Burton that another student had a gun, according to a police report. No one was injured.
Noah Deshawn Lewis, of Lumberton, was charged with bringing a weapon on educational property, which is a felony. He was given a $1,000 bond.
According to the report, an officer at the school, after speaking with Burton, pulled Lewis from class and searched him, but did not find the gun. The classroom he was in was also cleared of students and searched. Lewis told the school officials that a female student had the weapon in her purse, the report said.
That student helped Burton and the officer find the gun “in a bunch of leaves near the back fence of the school,” where she had put it after she became aware the gun was in her purse and got scared, the report said.
Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said his office is still investigating how and where Lewis got the weapon, which is a Taurus .380-caliber gun with a pink grip.
Lewis’ photograph was not available.
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