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SALISBURY, N.C. Two teens at a Rowan County middle school could face year-long suspensions after officials found a stolen gun on campus Monday afternoon.

A .380 Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and six rounds of ammunition were taken by the assistant principal at Erwin Middle School in Salisbury around 2 p.m.

Police said a 13-year-old brought the gun to school that morning in his book bag and showed the gun to another teen. The teen who originally brought the weapon noticed it was gone a short time after he showed it to the other teen, so he alerted school officials.

An official found the second teen, who had the gun in his pocket, police said.

Once the weapon was secure, both 13-year-old juveniles were taken to the office for disciplinary action. Responsible parties for both juveniles were called to come to the school and pick up the boys, the police report states.

The parents of the teen who originally brought the gun on campus told police their son found a hidden lockbox key the night before the incident and secretly removed the gun to bring to school.

Parents say the incident is unsettling, since their children s safety is their top priority.

I think he shouldn t have brought it in the first place, but I m glad he went and told someone that Hey, I brought a gun to school and now it s gone. It could have been a lot worse than it was, said Melissa Paralta, who has a daughter in seventh grade at the school.

If it would have fallen into the wrong hands it could have been really bad, said Courtney Layne, who has a younger sister who attends the school. Somebody could have been shot. A teacher could have been injured. A kid could have been injured.

A school lockdown was not required, and the school said it is recommending a 365-day suspension for both of the teens.

The teen who brought the gun to school is charged with larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon. The second teen is charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon.

Investigators say for now it doesn t appear the student s parents will be charged since they kept the gun locked away.

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