The incident was reported around 7:30 a.m. at Desert Pathways High School at 6300 West Avenue L, according to Sgt. C. Thomas of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The school’s principal received information that a student was on campus and possibly armed with a loaded pistol, Thomas stated.
The principal brought the student into his office, conducted a search, and located a loaded .45 caliber pistol, Thomas stated.
The pistol was originally concealed in the student’s waistband and apparently fell down the student’s pant leg, according to Thomas.
The principal recovered the firearm and held it pending a deputy’s arrival.
The student told the responding deputy he had the firearm for protection when traveling to and from school, Thomas said.
There were no indicated threats toward staff or students.
The student was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm on school grounds and transported to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.