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Two Spencer County High School students in custody after gun brought to school

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Two Spencer County High School students are in custody after police say one of them stole a gun and gave it to a friend.

Authorities say a 16-year-old stole the gun from a family member and brought it to school to give to a 15-year-old friend.

Police say they got the call after a student who saw the gun told that student's parents.

Principal Curt Haun says, "I walked up and he and his child informed me that his child had seen a handgun yesterday during 6th period, so from that point on I contacted Taylorsville Police Dept."

The 16-year-old and 15-year-old were arrested at school today and taken to a youth detention facility in Elizabethtown.

Buddy Stump, Spencer Co. Sheriff, said, "You hear about these school shootings and you think it can't happen in Spencer County. It can happen in Spencer County."

A letter was sent home to parents explaining what happened.

There are already plans to add more security cameras inside the school, and after December's mass school shooting in Connecticut, the decision was made to add buzzers to the front doors.

But Spencer High's principal believes school resource officers would add another level of protection:  "It's good for the kids to have a police officer they can approach and develop that relationship."

Both students are charged with possessing a gun on school property.  The 16-year-old is also charged with theft of a firearm.  The 15-year-old is also charged with receiving stolen property.

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