Deputies arrest student accused of pulling out gun at school

Neil Harris (Source: EBRSO)
Neil Harris (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 17-year-old student was arrested after allegedly pulling out a gun at a Baton Rouge high school Thursday morning.

The teen claimed he had it on him because he figured other students would try to fight him.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Glen Oaks High was placed on lockdown around 7 a.m. after a reported fight in which a gun was drawn by one of the students.

Deputies later identified him as Neil Harris, a 9th grader at the school. They said he ran away before they arrived and the school was locked down while they searched for him.

The lockdown was lifted around 8:15 a.m.

EBRSO said he was found near his home just before 9 a.m. and taken into custody.

According to investigators, Harris and De'rrell Haynes, another 17-year-old at the school, got into an argument Wednesday afternoon on their way home from school. Haynes is an 11th grader.

Deputies said they believe Haynes walked up to Harris at school Thursday morning, they exchanged words and Haynes punched Harris.

They suspect that's when Harris grabbed a .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun from his waistband, but then ran away.

Authorities said Harris showed them where he tossed the unloaded gun behind a house in the neighborhood.

They added he told them he had it with him at school because he thought Haynes and his friends would try to fight.

Harris will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property and aggravated assault.

Haynes was issued a misdemeanor summons on a charge of simple battery.

No injuries were reported.

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