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Southside student caught at school with shotgun charged as adult, name released

The 18-year-old male who brought a shotgun to Southside High School in his pickup truck has been charged as an adult in Independence County Circuit Court. He was a senior at the school, and as a result of being charged as an adult, his name has been released.

Dylan W. Densmore is charged with possession of a firearm on school property — a Class D felony.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, a secretary received an anonymous tip advising that Densmore had a firearm inside his vehicle parked on school grounds. School officials immediately spoke with him, and he admitted to having a shotgun in his truck. The school resource officer, Randy Lamons, went to the truck and retrieved the 12-gauge shotgun. Also retrieved were six rounds of # 8 shells, three rounds of slugs, and 150 rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition. After that, Densmore was turned over to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

In an interview with authorities, Densmore did admit having the firearm in his truck but said he did not have any intention of harming anyone, according to court documents. Densmore showed remorse and understood having a shotgun and shells in his truck was wrong, a detective noted.

The Prosecuting Attorney has charged Densmore with a “lower class” felony, and Judge Don McSpadden placed Densmore on a $25,000 bond. He has now been bonded out of jail.

Southside Schools superintendent Roger Rich spoke about the incident earlier this week with White River Now’s Gary B. To watch that interview, click here.

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