A Rome High School student was found in possession of a gun and marijuana in his backpack on Wednesday.

According to interim Superintendent Dawn Williams, “With a growing concern about safety in school, it is important to note that Rome City Schools already has measures in place to protect our students. Safety is always our main priority when students are on campus. Please, we encourage all students, faculty members and staff members to say something if they see something.”

Williams added, “School administrators and law enforcement were immediately notified when they were made aware of this incident, and they immediately questioned the student about having a weapon on campus. At no time was the weapon used to threaten any person on campus.”

Criminal charges and disciplinary actions in accordance with school policies will be brought against the student for the rule infraction.

Reports said that the handgun was located in the boy’s backpack.