Update (2:35 p.m.)

According to a police report, 18-year-old Mandrell Ballard was arrested Thursday morning for one count of firearm possession on school property, a Level 6 felony, one count of unlawful carry of a handgun, a Level 5 felony, as well as an additional misdemeanor.

Original Story:

INDIANAPOLIS –A high school student on the near east side of Indianapolis was arrested Thursday morning for having a loaded gun on campus, according to a statement from Indianapolis Public Schools.

IPS officials said a student at Arsenal Tech High School was arrested Thursday for having a loaded handgun on the campus before classes started.

A statement from the district read that the incident “was handled swiftly by IPS Police” and “is also being handled under (the district’s) Student Code of Conduct policy and Indiana laws regarding firearm possession on school property.”

“All students are safe and in classes learning,” the statement read. “IPS will continue to keep the safety of all students at the forefront of their educational experience.”

One neighbor said kids should feel secure and safe at school. So, hearing this news is disturbing.

“It’s a bummer. I feel like there’s been a lot of desperation in the community lately. All over, so I think it is a little disheartening for this to happen,” said Kamaron Lockwood, Neighbor.

IMPD Lieutenant Shane Foley said, Thankfully, no one was hurt. He says no excuse for anyone to take a gun to school. It’s illegal.

“If somebody brings a gun to school, we will arrest you, and we will do what we can to hold you accountable, said Lieutenant Foley.”