Published: May 07, 2010 10:27 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday morning when officers with the Fort Myers Police Department were dispatched to investigate word of a ninth student with a gun on the Fort Myers High School campus.

FMPD School Resource Officer Athena Mitchell along with school security immediately responded to the suspect’s class and detained the 15-year-old.

The school’s administration searched the student’s belongings and a handgun was located in his duffle bag. Officer Mitchell secured the firearm.

An investigation is now underway; police say charges are pending in the case. The student has been transported to Vista Behavioral Crisis Services.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.