The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested a 16-year-old student Wednesday morning after he brought a loaded gun to school.

The agency reported that the Northeast High School student was called into the front office to discuss his grades. When he arrived, staff said he smelled like what they believed to be marijuana so they searched his bag. Inside, they found a gun with ammunition.

BSO’s Threat Management Unit arrived at the school and arrested the teen. He told investigators “he had no intentions of using the firearm on school grounds and that it was for protection on his walk home from school.”

He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center and faces a felony charge of possessing a firearm on school property, BSO says.

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