A 13-year-old student at Erwin Middle School in Salisbury, N.C. was caught bringing a loaded gun to school -- after he reported to the school that it went missing.
The middle school student brought a .380 Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol to school in a backpack and showed it to a friend. He soon discovered he could no longer find the weapon, which included a magazine loaded with six rounds of ammunitition. He then reported the missing firearm to school administrators, the Salisbury Post reports.
After hearing about the incident, assistant principal Carl Snider promptly found the weapon -- unloaded -- in the backpocket of the friend, MyFOX8 reports. The ammunition was seized separately. No one was injured.
The school is recommending a 365-day suspension for both students, who were picked up from school after the incident by their guardians, according to WFMY.
The first student reportedly discovered the key to his parents' lockbox and retrieved the gun from inside it. He is charged with larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed weapon.
The second student will be charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds, and carrying a concealed weapon.
There was no need for the school to go on lockdown, according to the Sheriff's Office, because the weapon was "immediately seized, and there was no longer any danger to anyone," WFMY reports.