CREEKSVILLE — A student carrying a gun, ammunition and drugs is in police custody in Northampton County.
Capt. Daryl Harmon, chief investigator for the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, said Devin Pallone, 17, of Rich Square, was arrested without incident Friday at Northampton County High School-East with a handgun, ammunition and a small bag of marijuana in his possession.
Harmon said Sgt. Altessie Taylor, school resource officer at Northampton East, received an anonymous tip Friday about Pallone having a gun at the school. He added Taylor wasted no time acting on the tip.
“She immediately responded and located (Pallone),” Harmon said.
Taylor searched Pallone and found a small handgun concealed under his clothing in his waist area, Harmon said. She also found ammunition for the weapon, along with marijuana, in Pallone’s pocket. Taylor took Pallone into custody without incident.
“This is a really serious matter,” Harmon said. “Anytime a student is caught with a weapon and ammunition as well, it’s a very serious problem, and I’m glad Sgt. Taylor responded as quickly as she did, because I can only guess what would have happened.”
Harmon also commended the school staff for their work on the case, adding the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter.
A possible motive behind Pallone bringing a gun to school has not been released.
“Right now it’s unclear what his motives were at this point,” Harmon said.
Pallone is charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of property with an altered serial number, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held in the Northampton County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond and is due in court March 7.
Principal Pam Chamblee and school district assistant superintendent Phil Matthews deferred comment to Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy, who declined to comment when reached by The Daily Herald this morning.