A student at Hightower Academy, Dawson County's alternative school, was arrested last week for having a weapon on campus.
Hunter Davis Glover, 18, was taken into custody April 14 by school resiource officers, according to jail records.
"The school received information that he possibly had a shotgun in his truck," said Capt. Tony Wooten, sheriff's spokesman.
"School officials then searched the vehicle, located the weapon and called us."
Dawson County Superintendent Damon Gibbs said the school system has turned the matter over to the sheriff's office.
"The first priority of the district is the safety of all students in the district," he said. "The sheriff's office acted quickly and the student was placed under arrest."
School resource officers also took the shotgun into evidence.
"We are not aware of any intent for Mr. Glover to use the weapon for any other criminal activity other than having the weapon in his possession in his vehicle," Wooten said. "Weapons on campus by students cannot be tolerated for the safety of other students and staff."
School administration is working with the sheriff's office as the investigation continues.
"School officials are cooperating fully with law enforcement and handling the matter at school in accordance with the Code of Conduct and state law," Gibbs said.
Glover was released from custody April 15 on $5,200 bond, according to jail records.
Staff writer David Renner contributed to this story.