A 17-year-old student was arrested Thursday after bringing a handgun onto the Conway High School West campus.

According to police, a .22 caliber handgun and 21 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition were found in the student’s backpack.

Lt. Susan Wilson with the Conway Police Department said a teacher received word of the gun and alerted School Resource Officer Chuck Townsend.

The student has been charged with possession of a handgun on school property, a class D felony.

Conway Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry said no actions have been finalized yet, but he expects the student to be expelled. The student is suspended, pending completion of the expulsion process.

Murry said he does not believe the student meant to do any harm with the handgun.

"He just made a foolish mistake," Murry said.

According to Murry, this is the first incident involving a handgun on campus since he became superintendent in 2007.

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