(Originally published August 22, 2006.)

A teenager was arrested after he allegedly attempted to bring a handgun onto the Sultana High School campus.

A school employee spotted the teen and his friend near campus Thursday at the end of the school day.

"The school police [spoke] with the two young men," said Bob Mosley, Hesperia Unified School District's police chief. "The officers, because of the nervousness, the gang attire and the fact that they were trespassing on campus, searched them."

The search uncovered a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, which had one bullet in its magazine.

According to authorities, the teens were there to pick up a younger brother of one of the pair.

The faculty was informed of the incident, but Principal Robert McCollum did not send a letter home to parents.

"It depends on if it's a student-contact situation," McCollum said. "Trying to get on campus and actually getting on campus are two different things."

After years without any gun incidents in the district, the Sultana arrest marks the third incident in the district in two years. A Hesperia High School student was arrested in November after allegedly buying a loaded .22-caliber revolver from another student. In April 2005, a one-shot homemade "zip gun" was discovered in a student's possession at Lime Street Elementary School.

"The safety of our students is a priority, which is the reason we have wholeheartedly invested resources in the creation, staffing and maintenance of a fully-trained and equipped police department, as well as the training of our campus assistants," said Deb Baker, HUSD spokeswoman.

As for the most recent incident, the teenager in possession of the gun was arrested and transported to Juvenile Hall in Apple Valley. The other teen was cited for trespassing and released.

"I appreciate [school staff] for doing exactly what they were supposed to do," McCollum said. "It's one of those things that made me feel we have a very safe campus."

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at beau@hesperiastar.com or by telephone at 956-7108.