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HOUSTON Officers arrested a 17-year-old student who is accused of bringing a loaded handgun onto the campus of La Marque High School Wednesday morning, La Marque police said.

Police were called to the campus, located at 300 Vautheir, at about 10:50 a.m. after school officials received an anonymous tip.

Investigators said they found Jerome Jeray Joiner with a loaded semi-automatic handgun on school property. The caliber of the handgun was a .380.

Joiner was taken into custody and transported to the La Marque Police Department Jail. He was charged with unlawful carrying weapon within a weapon-free zone, a state jail felony with a bond amount of $5,000.

Police said they are trying to figure out why Joiner took the loaded handgun to the school and how the handgun was obtained.

Anyone with information is asked to call the La Marque Police Department or La Marque Crime Stoppers.

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