MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Three Robert E. Lee High School students found themselves under arrest Tuesday. At least one, possibly two of the students, were taken into custody after a gun was brought onto campus.
The third arrest, not related to the gun case, was due to the discovery of drugs.
The arrest of 18-year-old Arthur Lee Simmons, Jr. occurred after a fellow student reported to school officials that there may be a gun in the school.
School spokeswoman Mona Davis said security officials immediately placed the facility on lockdown and initiated a search of Simmons. After officials discovered what appeared to be the butt of a gun, the suspect fled the school. Simmons was apprehended a short time later at an abandoned house near the school.
Simmons was found to be in possession of a .22 caliber pistol and was arrested by Montgomery Police Officers. Davis said the pistol was not loaded. Simmons is charged with harassment and illegal possession of a weapon on school campus.
Lee H.S. was placed on lockdown for approximately two-and-a-half hours while authorities searched the facility. Even MPD K9 units were brought in to assist, but nothing else was found.
Davis said a second student, 17, was also arrested, but she was not immediately able to say the student's arrest was in addition to the 18-year-old's gun charge arrest. The Montgomery Police Department later confirmed that student was arrested on harrassment charges.
The third arrest, in an unrelated matter, occurred earlier in the day. Davis said that student was arrested after being found with marijuana. That student is charged dwith possession 2nd.