Neshoba student had gun at school

Neshoba student had gun at school


A Neshoba Central student allegedly seen twirling a handgun in the school parking lot was arrested last week, the authorities said.

Alberto Smith Jr., 18, 1370 Jessis White Road, Noxapater, was arrested on Oct. 4 and charged with possession of a handgun on school property.

Smith was observed by a teacher removing, checking and reloading the magazine from the handgun, said Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark. Smith was also reportedly spinning the gun on his finger. 

Clark said the incident happened in the teacher parking lot on the west side of the Neshoba Central High School building.

The teacher then reported a description of the vehicle, gun and Smith to the authorities. The school resource officer then made the arrest on campus around 3:45 p.m. Smith was out of jail later that evening on a $5,000 bond.

Clark said Smith was waiting outside at his father’s vehicle after being picked up from school. His father was inside the building at the time of the incident. The gun is believed to belong to his father, officials said.

Clark said they expect no further charges in the case although the county School Board will schedule an expulsion hearing for Smith.

Neshoba Central officials could not be reached for comment.

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