A teacher found a loaded pistol in the upper parking area at Clinton Elementary School at about 6:50 a.m. Monday, authorities said.
The school contacted the Clinton Police Department, and officers arrived to ensure the weapon was made safe, a press release said.
“The weapon hasn’t been reported stolen, and we will be taking measures to ensure it isn’t tied to any criminal activity,” the CPD said.
The rear parking area of the building is open to the public after hours. Friday night, the school hosted a fundraiser, and it is possible that the weapon accidentally fell from a vehicle that evening, the press release said.
“It’s likely the owner isn’t even aware it’s missing,” Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough said.
Students were not on campus when the teacher made the discovery, the press release said. The Clinton City Schools have full-time school resource officers who arrive on campus at 7 a.m.
“We will aggressively attempt to identify the owner and be in contact with the district attorney regarding charges,” Scarbrough said.
“This was very unfortunate,” said Clinton Director of Schools Kelly Johnson. “However, the coordinated efforts by staff and our police department proved invaluable. The weapon was removed, and our campus was made safe well before our school day began.”
More information will be made available as the investigation continues.