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Police identify student accused of taking gun to Maumelle High School

By Lisa Burnett

This article was originally published April 8, 2014 at 12:11 p.m. Updated April 8, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

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Maumelle High School was on lockdown Tuesday after a gun was found in a classroom.

James Austin, 18, of Little Rock.

Maumelle High School lockdown

A student is accused of taking a handgun to Maumelle High School on Tuesday. Maumelle Police said the gun was found on a bookshelf in a classroom. (By Lisa Burnett)
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Maumelle Police Department officials have identified the 18-year-old student who is accused of taking a handgun to Maumelle High School on Tuesday.

James Austin, 18, of Little Rock is charged with possessing a firearm on a school campus, a class D felony, according to a statement from police.

Maumelle High School was on lockdown for several hours Tuesday after Austin purportedly was found with a handgun in a classroom, police said.

Police were called late Tuesday morning with the report of a student with a handgun.

"We responded immediately to the location, and when we got here, the school had already initiated its lockdown procedure," Maumelle Police Department Capt. Jim Hansard said.

After questioning students at the high school, Hansard said, police were able to isolate a specific classroom where the gun was located.

"Once we did that, several minutes later, we did recover a handgun," he said. "It was in a bookshelf in a classroom." Austin was then taken into custody.

It wasn't immediately known whether Austin had told anyone before Tuesday that he planned to bring the gun to school.

Hansard said Maumelle police are gathering a lot of information from witnesses at the school.

"We're kind of pilfering through that right now as to what's accurate and what's not. There was a lot of merit to these witnesses. They went straight to the administration, just like we would have wanted them to," Hansard said.

Hansard said there is no longer a threat at the school, and the Pulaski County Special School District said on its Twitter account that the lockdown was lifted around 1 p.m.

"We want to tell the parents out there that the school is safe. This situation has been dealt with by the administration of the school and the police department," Hansard said. "[Police] are still at the school currently, but it's just for evidence purposes."

Hansard said the Maumelle Police Department participated in a lockdown drill on Monday.

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Hogdude says... April 8, 2014 at 12:57 p.m.

Duh. And we're divided over the Common Ground initiative? Our children don't have enough sense to pour **** out of a boot. If nothing else, whomever needs to be found, charged and brought to Maumelle High to serve as an example. This has got to stop.

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mhck52 says... April 8, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

Hogdude - You meant Common Core I presume.

It was on a bookshelf. I guess he couldn't sit with it in his pants. No pun intended.

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messsgt_cox.net says... April 8, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

This proves that even the one who took the gun to school can't keep it quiet. What did he do, post it on Facebook that he had brought a gun to school? kick his dumb ... out.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 8, 2014 at 2:28 p.m.

Only prisons have lock down.

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 8, 2014 at 2:31 p.m.

Maybe we need to lower the age for CCP to 10 in the classroom.

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AmericasDoomed says... April 8, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

Probably wanted to look gangsta to his homies.

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Golfhog3 says... April 8, 2014 at 5:32 p.m.

First he didn't have a clue why he took a gun it's all an image and it starts with his parents or lack of any parents. NoT giving an 18 year old a pass but this was not his first rodeo according to MPD. just 2 weeks ago was arrested for undisclosed reasons. I honestly BELEIVE this kid has been taught no different and has nobody to care about him so that's all he knows. Me I say put him in boot camp and throw elders in jail 15 years scum of earth

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barttaylor5507191352 says... April 8, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.

Oh well, same stuff you hear on a daily basis around these parts!

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Lacy_29 says... April 8, 2014 at 8:36 p.m.

It's really sad how you all are on here blaming the parents when you don't know how he was raised! He actually grow up in a nice home with a educated mother and stepfather amongst our loving family member! Sometimes kids try to be something their really not! Do be so quick to judge someone when you don't know that person background! You people hide behind a damn computer and cast judgement on someone when really your no better! The tongue is a powerful weapon! Be careful how you use it because you to will be judged by mans creator!

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