NEWNAN, Ga. — An East Coweta High school student was caught with a loaded 9mm handgun at school Thursday, but was arrested and removed from campus without anyone getting hurt.

School officials told 11Alive News they got a tip around 12:25 pm that the student had the gun. The principal was able to find the student and take the gun away from him in just a matter of minutes.

Police arrived at the school and arrested the student without incident. The school was locked down for about 30 minutes.

Investigators say the student had made no threats against the school. The student's name and age were not released.

Principal Stephen Allen sent a letter to parents, informing them of what had happened and stating that "safety is our highest priority."

A Coweta County schools spokesperson told 11Alive that "a loaded gun in school is very rare. A handgun was taken from a student at Lee Middle School earlier this school year, who had it in his bookbag, but I cannot remember another one before that in several years."

11Alive asked officials whether there are metal detectors at the schools; there are none.

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