Grand Rapids Police said the staff at the Lighthouse Charter Academy called 911 regarding a student carrying a concealed weapon. Police contacted the student and found him carrying a loaded .38-caliber handgun.
The teen was arrested and is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Grand Rapids.
The academy's superintendent, Heidi Cate, released the following statement at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday:
"This morning, a staff member at Lighthouse Academy - North Campus, a strict disciplinary academy, was informed by a student that another student had brought a gun to school. The school immediately called the police who searched the student, found a gun and promptly arrested him. The safety and well-being of our students is of the utmost concern to our school. Therefore, the student has been suspended indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing by the board. It's important to note that no students were threatened by the student prior to the arrest and the school day continued without further incident. I commend both the student who came forward for doing the right thing by speaking up, and the staff who handled this unfortunate incident swiftly and appropriately."