Two freshmen at Trigg County High School were arrested Thursday after a school employee found a handgun on campus.

According to a Cadiz police report, Principal Shannon Burcham at 8:40 a.m. received a tip from a student who said that someone on the school bus spoke about having a weapon and was bringing it to school. Burcham notified School Resource Officer Dave Colbert, and the high school was placed on lockdown while authorities investigated the tip.

Two students — a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy — were located on campus and searched. One of the students was in the gym and the other in a classroom.

A search of a backpack in the classroom by a school employee turned up a 9mm handgun with a magazine and bullets. The magazine was not inside the handgun, the report said.

According to the report, police found out that the 15-year-old took the handgun from a gun safe in his home and gave it to the 16-year-old before school to repay a debt.

The 15-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, theft of a firearm and possession of a handgun by a minor.

The 16-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property, receiving stolen property and possession of a handgun by a minor.

The lockdown was lifted at about 11:45 a.m.

Kentucky State Police and the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation and search.

It is the New Era’s policy not to identify minors accused of crimes unless they are charged as adults.

The two teens were being held Thursday night at the McCracken County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, according to Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander.

Alexander said a detention hearing for the boys is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday.

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