Gun found in Central classroom
A High Point Central High School student was arrested on Friday after a loaded gun was found on the campus.
School staff found the gun hidden in a classroom around 3 p.m., after a student tipped off a teacher, according to Guilford County Schools.
High Point police say the tip led them to Anthony Rashad Lynch, who officers found was in possession of a knife. A further search of the area near where Lynch was seated uncovered a 9 mm pistol.
Lynch was charged with possession of a weapon on campus (knife), possession of a firearm on educational property (pistol) and going armed to the terror of the public.
On Friday night, Lynch was being held in the Guilford County Jail in High Point under a $101,000 bond.
In addition to felony criminal charges, the possession of a firearm on school property also violates the district’s student discipline policy, and can result in a 365-day suspension from school, according to Guilford County Schools.
The school system said Central’s principal sent a recorded phone message to all High Point Central parents Friday afternoon to inform them of the situation, and to reinforce the importance of students sharing safety-related concerns with trusted adults. School safety concerns also may be reported anonymously to Campus Crime Stoppers. In High Point, Campus Crime Stoppers’ number is 889-4000. Students across Guilford County also can text tips to 274637 (CRIMES).
“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” said Principal Bob Christina. “We are deeply grateful that another High Point Central student did the right thing and told a teacher about the gun. As a result, no one was threatened, and no one was hurt.”