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Charlottesville student arrested after gun found on school property

A Charlottesville student was taken into police custody Monday afternoon after a loaded firearm was discovered on school property.

Buford Middle School briefly went into "indoor instruction" as police responded to a reported firearm found in the Cherry Avenue Boys & Girls Club building on the school’s campus, according to Charlottesville City Schools.

The school division reported the gun was found near the belongings of a student attending the New Pathways Academy, described as an alternative education program which meets at the Boys & Girls Club and serves seventh- through eighth-graders in the school system who need extra support. Only three students are enrolled in the program.

"The gun was spotted near the bag of a student who was sleeping in class. Staff and the two other students were able to exit the room," reads an email sent to Buford parents Monday afternoon. "Police responded quickly, secured the loaded weapon, and took the student into custody."

Police reported the child was taken into custody without incident. The child’s identity has not been released to the public due to their age.

"At Buford, all students remained on their normal schedules (while indoors) during this time period since the incident was resolved before classes changed at 1:49," the school said in its email to parents.

"In addition, the Cherry Avenue Boys & Girls Club has canceled programs for the afternoon," city schools spokeswoman Amanda Korman added in a statement issued later in the day.

The Cherry Avenue Boys & Girls Club is located at 1000 Cherry Ave. in the city’s Fifeville neighborhood directly adjacent to Buford Middle School. Both sit on property owned by the city.


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