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Loaded gun found at St. Paul Como Park High; student arrested

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Updated 1:08 p.m. | Posted 12:41 p.m.

A student at Como Park High School in St. Paul was found at the school Wednesday morning with a loaded handgun.  

The school's on-site police officer "immediately responded" and "the weapon was confiscated without incident," the school district said on Twitter. 

Police are investigating the incident but there are no active threats, police say. The student was arrested.

St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders said the officer stationed at the school was alerted by a staff member around 8 a.m. that a student may have a gun. Officers located the student, took him out of class and found a loaded 9mm handgun tucked into his waistband.

"Our school resource officers did everything the right way, the way they were trained to do it," Linders said. "They minimized the disruption, they found the student quickly, they were able to find the handgun, and in this case nobody got hurt."

Police are unaware of any threats made by the student, Linders added. The school did not go into lockdown and students were not evacuated.

In 2015, police at St. Paul's Harding High School arrested a student after finding a loaded gun in his backpack after a teacher reported the bag smelled of marijuana. The handgun discovery was one of several incidents that prompted school administrators to address safety.

In 2016, A gun brought to school by a first-grader discharged into the floor of a classroom full of students at St. Paul's Crossroads Elementary School. No one was hurt.