LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Two Washington-Marion High School students are accused of having a gun on school property, according to a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. Another student is accused of obstruction of justice in the case.
Authorities said at about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, the School Resource Officer responded to a report of a student in possession of a firearm at the campus.
A 16-year-old male student, who had not been at school since December, is alleged to have thrown a backpack and jacket he was carrying to student, 17-year-old Shaiqwan Marshall, when confronted by school officials.
A handgun was found inside the backpack when it was searched, authorities said.
Authorities said when questioned by deputies, both the 16-year-old and Marshall denied ownership of the handgun.
Authorities said 17-year-old student Ray J. Murray, of Lake Charles, was allegedly seen giving the backpack to the 16-year-old juvenile earlier on campus.
"The 16-year-old juvenile and Murray were arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property. Murray was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. The 16-year-old juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center," the release states.
Marshall was charged with obstruction of justice and was released on a misdemeanor summons.