CERES -- Law enforcement officers said they found a loaded handgun in a sophomore's possession at Ceres Community School on Monday morning. The student was arrested and taken into custody without incident, said Bob Dittman of the Stanislaus County Office of Education.
The school, on Memorial Drive in Ceres, is an alternative campus for at-risk students run by the Office of Education.
The student was standing in a group in front of the school when a police officer and two probation officers who regularly visit the school arrived, Dittman said.
"As the officers approached, the one probation officer recognized the student as someone on probation ... I don't know if the officer thought he was acting suspicious, or quite what was happening, but at any rate the student did have a .22(-caliber) handgun in his possession," Dittman said.
Dittman said the gun was loaded but stressed that the gun was hidden and never was brandished or involved in an incident during the school day.
"This is exactly the reason why we contract with police and the probation department," he said.
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