Student accused of bringing firearm on school property

K-9 found gun during drug walk-through

JASPER, Ind. - An Indiana high school student was arrested after police found a handgun in his car at school, police said.

Officials with Southridge High School in Hungtingburg on Wednesday requested the Indiana State Police K-9's to conduct a sweep of the school to locate any illegal drugs that may be on the school grounds, police said.

A trooper and his K-9 were conducting open-air sniffs around vehicles in the parking lot of the high school when the dog alerted officers to a 1992 Chevrolet pickup, police said.

The vehicle was opened after locating the student responsible for the vehicle and no illegal drugs were found, but a loaded 9mm Taurus handgun was located in the center console, police said.

Police said the student, Cole Meyer, 18, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Dubois County Jail.

Meyer has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a class D felony, police said.

Police said the law states whether a person has a firearms permit or not, unless he/she is a law enforcement officer or has been authorized, it is illegal to possess a firearm in or on school property, in or on property that is being used by a school for a school function or on a school bus.

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