A 17-year-old Miramar High School student was arrested Thursday after police say he brought a stolen handgun to campus.
Miramar Police Department officers responded to the school just before 8 a.m. An assistant principal alerted a school resource officer that a student had a gun in his book bag, police said.
The student did not make any threats and claimed he had it for "protection," police said.
The gun, a loaded Glock 26, was reported stolen to Miami-Dade police almost six years ago, Miramar PD said.
The student — who NBC 6 is not identifying because he is a minor — is now facing charges of possession of a firearm on school property and grand theft of a firearm.
Police officers were seen on campus throughout the day to investigate the incident. The school was placed on code yellow lockdown.
The defendant was transported to Miramar Police Headquarters and then to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.
This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.